The Loving Spoonful, a local non-profit helping kids affected or infected by the HIV/AIDS virus is running low on funds to help parents buy Christmas gifts.
President Darlene Lee says the organization raises money for two shopping days, Back-to-School and Christmas.
The Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation connects them with the families; between 85 and 130 kids from around the coastal bend participate each year.
On Christmas, parents are given $100 to spend on each child.
“We don’t say we’ll we’re going to buy for the two that are, but the other five, they don’t get anything, says nonprofit president Darlene Lee. “We just say, we’ll buy for all seven children.”
Lee says this year has been difficult. The organization spent the majority of the funds they did have on their Back-to-School shopping day.
“The donations aren’t that much and we don’t have reserves like we used to”
She’s hoping the community will step up and help the kids.
Lee says, even though medications are improving, HIV/AIDS is still a life-long disease that affects the entire family.
“They have to take care of themselves every day it’s not something they can forget about, says Lee. “The medication and taking care of themselves has to be the priority, we try to help them with the other stuff.”
If you would like to donate or sponsor a child:
PO Box 4597
Corpus Christi, Texas 78469-4597