Bil Browning

Help Needed With AIDS Holiday Project

Filed By Bil Browning | December 17, 2008 11:30 AM | comments

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The Tri-State Alliance AIDS Holiday Project needs your support. They need help serving over 280 low-income Evansville area households impacted by HIV/AIDS, meeting the needs of over 350 adults and 210 children.

Diane Junius feels badly sometimes when she can't give her teenage sons much in the way of material goods.

tree_wad.jpg"They hug me and pat me up and tell me it's going to be all right, and I'm the one crying," the Evansville woman said recently.

Junius, 43, is HIV positive. She also has arthritis and Type II diabetes. She is typical of the 310 adults who will rely on the AIDS Holiday Project for Christmas cheer this year.

"I told the boys, 'You are just not going to have Christmas unless people come in and help,'" Junius said.

"If you are a low-income family on disability and you have a parent that's ill, it's hard to make ends meet," said Wally Paynter, president of the Tri-State Alliance, a social service organization that works on diversity issues and raises awareness of HIV and AIDS. A surprising number of children, 210, are among the 280 households the alliance will be serving in Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky this holiday season, he said.

How can you help? Info after the jump.


FIRST: Send a check to the TSA Holiday Project, PO Box 2901, Evansville, IN 47728 or make an on-line donation. Proceeds will benefit grocery store gift cards for each of these families.

SECOND: They need people to sponsor individuals and families. You can stop by one of the many public trees in Evansville at the Brickhouse, Comic Quest, Maxine's, Penny Lane, Someplace Else or Equals in Owensboro. Or call 812-480-0204 to sponsor a family, and they can provide you with a wish list for the holidays.

THIRD: They need volunteers who are willing to help wrap gifts for tips at the Evansville Barnes & Noble, now through Dec. 24. Below is a list of dates and times you can help.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

9-11am - 1 volunteer needed
11am-1pm - 1 volunteer needed
1-3pm - 1 volunteer needed
3-5pm - 1 volunteer needed
5-7pm - 2 volunteers needed
7-9pm - 2 volunteers needed
9-11pm - 2 volunteers needed

Thursday, Dec. 18

9-11am - 1 volunteer needed
11am-1pm - 1 volunteer needed
1-3pm - 1 volunteer needed
3-5pm - 2 volunteers needed
5-7pm - 2 volunteers needed
9-11pm - 2 volunteers needed

Saturday, Dec. 20

5:30-7pm - 1 volunteer needed
7-9pm - 2 volunteers needed

Sunday, Dec. 21

9-11am - 1 volunteer needed
1-3pm - 1 volunteer needed
3-5pm - 2 volunteers needed
5-7pm - 2 volunteers needed
7-9pm - 2 volunteers needed

Monday, Dec. 22

9-11am - 2 volunteers needed
1-3pm - 2 volunteers needed
3-5pm - 1 volunteer needed
5-7pm - 2 volunteers needed
7-9pm - 2 volunteers needed
9-11pm - 1 volunteer needed

Tuesday, Dec. 23

9-11am - 1 volunteer needed
11am-1pm - 1 volunteer needed
1-3pm - 1 volunteer needed
3-5pm - 1 volunteer needed
5-7pm - 1 volunteer needed
7-9pm - 1 volunteer needed
9-11pm - 1 volunteer needed

Wednesday, Dec. 24

9-10am - 1 volunteer needed
10-11am - 2 volunteers needed
Noon-1pm - 2 volunteers needed
1-2pm - 2 volunteers needed
2-3pm - 2 volunteers needed
3-4pm - 2 volunteers needed
4-5pm - 2 volunteers needed
5-6pm - 1 volunteer needed

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