BEBASHI needs gifts for toy giveaway

There’s still time to donate toys and cash to BEBASHI for the nonprofit’s annual holiday party which takes place Wednesday. This year, the small but mighty nonprofit, that provides services for Philadelphians  with HIV/AIDS, will host nearly 200 kids at its Christmas party. As usual, there isn’t enough money to buy presents for all the children who'll be attending, many of whom won’t get anything else. To make things worse, the need is greater than ever.

“Well, as of today, we have 194 and counting,” Gary Bell, the center’s executive director told me in an email earlier this month. “We saw a significant spike in the number of HIV+ women on our caseload and, most of them have children.”

The children’s ages rage from babies to 17. Usually, Bebashi likes to give kids multiple presents because that's how we do it in America. So, please, on your way into the office on Wednesday drop off what you can at BEBASHI, 1217 Spring Garden St.  You’ll feel good about yourself if you do.

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