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‘Tis the season for giving

Seasons Givings

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 in Utah. The program, which has been running for more than 20 years, is designed to help alleviate some stress during the holidays.

Needed items for the food baskets include: Fresh fruit, vegetables, brown sugar, turkey gravy, non-perishable roll or muffin mix, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, cake mix, candy, chocolates and nuts.

Needed items for the personal care items include: Dishwashing liquid, shampoo, conditioner, razors, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, body lotion, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, cotton swabs, deodorant and hand soap.

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 by Dec. 19 for Christmas and Hanukkah.

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.

The Q Business Alliance, an organization of queer and allied business owners, is aiding in the donation process and is seeking personal care items. Locations for drop off include: Lotus – 12896 Pony Express Road, Draper, Pumps and Pants Photography – 734 W. 1355 South, Salt Lake City, QSaltLake Offices. Donations can also be made online at QBusinessAlliance.com.

Poinsettias for PWACU

The People with AIDS Coalition of Utah is again selling red poinsettias to raise money for its service programs. The plants are grown locally and are sold in attractive 6-inch pots and can be purchased for $10 or $75 for eight. Plants must be purchased by Nov. 17 either at pwacu.org or by calling 801-484-2205 and can be delivered to locations in Salt Lake County and the following counties: Davis, Weber (Nov. 24 and Dec. 4), Summit (Nov. 27 and Dec. 8), Tooele and Utah (Dec. 1 and 11).

The organization’s thrift store, Our Store: Your Thrift Alternative, ss also looking for donations of coats, winter clothing and working electronics as well as Christmas trees and other holiday decorations. All proceeds from the sales at the store go to PWACU’s programs, and the store also gives gift certificates to its clients and case managers throughout the valley.

Bingo

Kick off every second and third Friday of the month with a fabulous bingo that raises funds for several well-deserving charities. The second Friday of the month is hosted by the Cyber Sluts, a Fabby award-winning troupe of buxom camp-drag performers and hosts. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the South Salt Lake Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1104 W. 2100 South, Salt Lake City. Cards are $5 and drinks are available for purchase. For more information, go to UtahCyberSluts.org.

The Third Friday Bingo is hosted by QSaltLake’s own Ruby Ridge and the Matrons of Mayhem, another comedy drag troupe, at the First Baptist Church, 1300 E. 800 South, Salt Lake City. Bingo starts at 7 p.m., but get there early to find a seat.

The stunning Ruby Ridge also plays host for bingo on the Big Gay Fun Bus to Wendover, a fundraiser for the charity QCares Foundation. The bus includes a complimentary buffet, $5 and a drink. Upcoming trips are scheduled for Dec. 3, Jan. 14 and Feb. 25. For more information, go to biggayfunbus.com.

Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire

The Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire is Utah’s oldest and best-dressed charity. The group of drag performers and their supporters sponsors charity events throughout the year, but really pick up the pace during the holidays.

To get the season started right, the group is holding two fundraisers on Saturday, Nov. 12. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the RCGSE will be sponsoring a food drive at Fresh Market locations around the Wasatch Front. Soda floats will be on sale for $1 and all cash donations will be matched by the stores, up to $500. Donations will be split between the Homeless Youth Resource Center and the People With AIDS Coalition of Utah. The RCGSE will be hosting the drive at the locations in Sugar House, 1639 S. 900 East, Bountiful, 353 S. 200 West and Layton, 910 N. Fairfield Road.

The second fundraiser on the same day will be held at Metro Bar, 540 W. 200 South, 7 p.m. A $10 donation at the door will be split between the HYRC and the PWACU, and raffle prizes, including gift certificates and prize baskets will raise funds for the two groups, which will split the money evenly. Sexy muscle men and stunning women will be accepting tips and performing.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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