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10/27/09 - Fashion's Night Out Helps People with AIDS

New York City’s Fashion’s Night Out—an evening filled with parties and celebrities at clothing stores around town—did a lot more than showcase the industry’s pizzazz. It encouraged shoppers, retailers, and designers to donate new or lightly used clothes for people who have AIDS, which were given to the NYC AIDS Fund for distribution.

Clothing drive recipients in Ethiopia
While the majority of the clothing donations went to New Yorkers, the African Services Committee sent bags of badly needed clothes to HIV-positive children in Ethiopia.
As shoppers made Thursday, September 12th, 2009 the new Black Friday, donation boxes filled with clothing. Two hundred huge bags of clothing were sorted and distributed to 9 City nonprofits that help people living with AIDS.“Though our main focus is grantmaking, this was a unique opportunity to gather donations for the thousands of people living with AIDS in the City,” said Len McNally, program director at The Trust and chairman of the New York City AIDS Fund.

A Tribeca warehouse was temporarily donated to The AIDS Fund to sort and store the clothing.  The African Services Committee, the AIDS Service Center NYC, the Family Center, Harlem United, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Iris House, Make the Road NewYork, Project Hospitality, and the Women’s Prison Association picked up bags of clothes for their clients. Thomas Krever, executive director of the Hetrick-Martin Institute said it was “one of the single most impressive donations we've ever received!”


The New York City AIDS Fund

Started by The Trust in 1989, the New York City AIDS Fund is made up of grantmaking organizations in the City that work to increase private funding to fight the AIDS epidemic and the spectrum of HIV illness and to improve the coordination and targeting of resources in the City.


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