While Philly AIDS Thrift is a staple amongst thrifty prospects in search of distinctive, and doubtless traditional, wears, the core mission of the group is to promote these devices and distribute the proceeds to local organizations involved throughout the fight in direction of HIV/AIDS.
Well, the group launched Wednesday that it hit two donation milestones in 2018. Philly AIDS Thrift (710 S. fifth Street) and Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room (12th and Pine streets) talked about it awarded $246,450 to 23 HIV/AIDS service companies throughout the Philly space for 2019. That’s crucial full donation the outlets have ever made at one time. Further, the group will surpass $2.5 million in full donations.
For retailer co-founder Christian Kallas-Saritsoglou, the milestones are a testament to the exhausting work that has been poured into the group.
“We started so small back in 2005, it is hard to believe that we are giving out nearly a quarter of a million dollars at one time now,” she said. “I don’t think any of us imagined that back then. We were just trying to keep the heat on and get the word out we existed.”
Historically, Philly AIDS Thrift’s foremost beneficiary was the AIDS Fund, which distributes money to 21 AIDS companies throughout the five-county Philadelphia space. Recently, however, that shifted to distributing most of the money it raises via grants. The Philly AIDS Thrift board critiques and awards grants to local organizations who’ve utilized for help funding ongoing packages and specific duties.
This yr’s grant awardees embrace:
AIDS Law Project
Attic Youth Center
Bebashi Transition to Hope
CATA: Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas
Family Services of Delaware County
Family Services of Montgomery County
William Way Community Center
LGBT Elder Initiative
Mazzoni Center TRIP Project
One Day at a Time
Philadelphia Health Partners
Planned Parenthood Keystone
Prevention Point Philadelphia
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