I hope you, your family, and friends are all safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In the wake of this disaster, I am reminded not only of how resilient we are as New Yorkers, but also of how important your support is of AIDS Walk New York and GMHC.
Thanks to friends like you, GMHC is able to stay open and provide critical services to people with HIV/AIDS in the most dire of circumstances. We were open last Monday until the storm hit – feeding people from as far as Brooklyn and the Bronx who walked to GMHC to receive the only meal they could rely on. It was so sad, yet heartwarming, to hear someone say:
“If you weren’t open today, I would have eaten nothing but peanut butter. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for staying open.”
We were open on Wednesday at 7:30 am, right after the storm – not only to begin serving meals, but to provide crisis services and help coordinate medications for people whose pharmacies were impacted by power outages and flooding. With so many people in the area without power, our staff has been pitching in to help wherever we can.
It truly has been a team effort, and GMHC has been empowered by you, and everyone else who participates in AIDS Walk New York.
The people we serve have nowhere else to go. They rely on us – and you – for help. Cabril, it is because of you that we are able to help the thousands of people with HIV/AIDS who need useveryday – even during a hurricane.
Marjorie J. Hill, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
I also want to let you know that the 2013 AIDS Walk New York, our largest fundraiser, will be held on Sunday, May 19. We will notify you when registration opens next month, so you can continue your vital support of GMHC’s non-stop, life-saving services for people living with HIV/AIDS.