This morning I met with my coworkers in downtown San Francisco. We gave away around 500 little red ribbons with our cards outlining the hours for our free HIV testing. It felt really good to do this outreach - and one stranger actually came up and gave each of us a hug; telling us he was on his way to the Grove to spend some time remembering those he had lost to AIDS.
Those skits were revised and developed into scenes that we performed for schools, youth groups, community organizations and conferences. We performed all over Arizona and, in my senior year, I believe I was in over 100 different shows. We worked to make a difference as kids; doing our best to share education and be available to those who might have questions.
As you probably know, I have 2 knitting patterns that are connected to HIV/AIDS awareness. CURE is a hat featuring a "virus" on it and one red ribbon - and the proceeds from that hat go to Project Open Hand. They are an amazing group that helps to feed folks living with HIV/AIDS, Breast Cancer and the elderly. CAUSE is a hat encirled with ribbons and was designed to raise awareness about Breast Cancer. Changing the color of the ribbons changes the focus of the project. Proceeds from this pattern benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer; a nonprofit based out of Pennsylvania. The pattern is featured on their Shop to Support page.
Want to make a difference? Even something as simple as purchasing one of these patterns and knitting a hat could have an incredible impact on someone. It's just a hat... just a knitting pattern... but sometimes the smallest actions have the greatest rewards.
Interested in purchasing the CURE or CAUSE pattern? Visit the SHOP. For all you do to help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and the other issues that are important to you, today is a day to reflect on how much impact even one person can have. YOU have the ability to make a difference in this world; one tiny step at a time.
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