Massive Charity Gift Drive Targets Kids With HIV/AIDS this Year
December 6, 2002
Whether to reach out to people affected with HIV/AIDS has been a tough issue for many Christian groups. But Franklin Graham said Wednesday it was an obvious decision for his Operation Christmas Child gift drive, an outreach effort of his Samaritan's Purse Christian Relief agency. In its 10th year, OCC says it will deliver 6 million shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and candy to children in 100 countries. This year's special recipients are African children affected by HIV/AIDS. Graham spoke Wednesday at a Charlotte, N.C., distribution center -- one of six around the country -- where 1.3 million boxes will be processed for shipping overseas. Graham, the son and successor of evangelist Billy Graham, said Christians should worry less about how people contract HIV/AIDS and more about how they can help. "I hope that in this country we can get churches involved in helping people with HIV/AIDS. I want it in every church's missionary budget," he said.
12.04.02; Tim Whitmire
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.