God’s Love We Deliver

God’s Love We Deliver is the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illness, including living with HIV/AIDS. Cooking and home-delivering medically tailored meals to some of the most vulnerable people is more important than ever during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. As all of GLWD’s clients are living with underlying conditions, making them the most at-risk individuals, and the majority are elderly, GLWD’s home-delivered meals are critical to their well-being.

As always, God’s Love We Deliver has a full plate of options, designed to uplift, to inspire and to nourish your heart and soul.

Tell Me More: Each sale helps to finance the organization’s home meal delivery and other services. Although the “Gifts from the Heart” catalogue has many options of truly inspired gifts for giving—including perennial favorites: GLWD’s cookbook, AERIN votive candles, and the cutest little piggy bank shaped like one of GWLD’s delivery trucks—we’ve chosen to highlight these items available now for the first time and one of GLWD’s best-sellers.

Personalized Holiday Tribute Cards: You choose the design; GLWD will do the rest! Check out the choices (pictured here) and then share your holiday list so they can send them out for you. Paper, animated, and non-animated cards available. Please note: The CALM and LOVE holiday cards are also available in boxed sets.

CowParade Holiday Tribute Card: Featuring artwork from the global art exhibit CowParade NYC 2021. Cow images include artwork by Cynthia Erivo, Neil Patrick Harris, Beatrice Wolert, Michael Kaves, Peter Paid, and Fernando Romero.

Photo by Jessica Frankl

God’s Love Cap: Their signature black cap in high quality 100% cotton is perfect for kitchen volunteer work or to wear around town.

Photo by Julie Choi. Instagram: @babyonemorebite

Chuck’s Famous Brownies: Everyone could use a little extra sweetness this year! You and your lucky friend who receives them can indulge your sweet tooth guilt-free, knowing that these brownies contain no preservatives! (You can freeze them and enjoy them later, but since there are no preservatives, they are best enjoyed upon delivery.) The brownies come in boxes of 4, 8, 12, or 24.

How Much: For a minimum of $15 per name, God’s Love will address, stamp and mail Personalized Holiday Tribute Cards to friends and loved ones; boxed sets of cards are $25. God’s Love Cap is $25; and Chuck’s Famous Brownies come in boxes of four ($19), eight ($28), twelve ($40), and 24 ($75).

Who Benefits: Last year, GLWD cooked and home-delivered more than 2.5 million meals to nearly 10,000 individuals, never missing a delivery day. With demand for services increasing every year, sales from their Gifts from the Heart catalogue help “to ensure clients never have to wait for our services, and everything we offer is both purposeful, and delivered with love….a perfect way to share love, gratitude and warm wishes with loved ones.”

How to Order: To order any or all of these fine gifts, please log on to https://www.glwd.org/shop.

As we approach the holidays near the end of this calamitous year, many of us may struggle to find reasons for celebration. It’s been a challenging year on multiple levels. Climate change set the West Coast on fire, while it drowned the Southeast and Northeast in freakish rainstorms. Even if the effects of climate change haven’t kept us awake at night, we’ve had to cope with the still-spreading, still-deadly COVID-19 crisis (and its accompanying epidemic of disinformation) for nineteen months. And of course these calamities have impacted the HIV community, with reduced HIV testing, the closure of many clinics, and a dangerous drop in funding for HIV/AIDS-related organizations and services.

It’s been an exhausting year.

Perhaps that is why celebrating the holidays this year is so important. For the sake of our sanity, we need some spirited revelry, some levity to light the darkness that has surrounded us. As Jerry Herman wrote for Mame, “For we need a little music, need a little laughter / Need a little singing ringing through the rafter / Yes we need a little snappy happy ever after.” We need the human contact of gathering together, sharing a holiday feast, toasting each other’s health, exchanging gifts.

In our 20th Annual Holiday Gift Guide, you’ll find a wide array of gifts that perform triple duty—they will delight the recipients of your gifts, you will enjoy the spirit of giving, and each gift helps to raise funds for one HIV/AIDS-related organization or another. Greeting cards, jewelry, T-shirts, hats, food stuffs, artwork, holiday ornaments—you name it, you’ll find the perfect gifts here in a broad range of prices.

So be of good cheer! Get out your gift list and get busy spreading love and joy among your friends and family. We sure could use some love and joy these days!
Happy Holidays!

—Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-one-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.