Food, personal care and hygiene items and monetary donations are being accepted by the Utah AIDS Foundation for the Seasons Givings program to benefit people living with HIV and AIDS. The program, which has been running for more than 20 years, is designed to help alleviate some stress during the holidays, said Tyler Fischer, the programming director at the UAF.
“With the cutback in federal aid, budgets are tighter than ever for people living with HIV or AIDS,” Fischer said. “Co-pays are more expensive and the cost of medication is on the rise, so often there’s no room for other spending. The holiday meal you donate may be the only one the recipient will have.”
The list of items needed is extensive and can be accessed at UtahAIDS.org. Some of the common donations of food include fresh fruits and vegetables, cake mixes, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, candies and condiments. Turkeys and hams will be provided by the UAF and food baskets need to be delivered to the UAF at 1408 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, by Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 19 for Christmas and Hanukkah.
Personal care collections can help lessen a financial burden and can include items such as shampoo, razors, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, body lotion, tissues, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, deodorant and other hygiene products.
The UAF will also have individuals and families that can be anonymously adopted. The wish lists available at the UAF will include basic items such as bedding, clothing and other household items. Adopting a family is a perfect holiday project for a family, church group or club.
More than 100 families will receive assistance from the program.
“This is a really terrific opportunity for everyone to get involved. Everyone can help in some way,” Fischer said.
For more information, go to UtahAIDS.org.