Happy Holidays ... and Thanks for Your Many Gifts All Year

About AIDS

At this time of the year we are bombarded by messages and news coverage supposedly related to the joyous religious events of Jesus' birth and the new year. Unfortunately, for many people this ho-ho-ho-ing often seems hollow, as we are swamped by crass commercialism and phony sentiment.

For those of us working in AIDS services, however, the season offers an opportunity to see wonderful acts of generosity and genuine caring -- acts which actually go on all year long, even if they are more obvious during the holidays. The kind gifts to clients of homemade cookies by the thousands. Monumental food drives in Hyde Park, Wells Branch, and Delwood. The two young men who had their bar mitzvah celebration decorations made of canned goods, which were then donated to ASA's food pantry. The selfless volunteers who daily provide the sick with house cleaning, transportation, and warm friendship. The UT student who comes many hours each week to provide clerical support. And our own dedicated colleagues' tireless efforts to ease the suffering of the HIV-stricken and their loved ones. These are the gifts that keep on giving all year long. Thanks ... and Happy Holidays!

-- Sandy Bartlett, Community Information/Education Coordinator

AIDS Services of Austin

ASA Info Line: 458-AIDS

E-mail: ASA@fc.net

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