The NAMES Project Foundation, the creators of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, just made history by returning the quilt once again to Washington, D.C. The quilt, made of 48,000 individual panels sewn by friends and family in honor of the those who have died from AIDS, helped garner the masses around the fight against AIDS during the 2012 International AIDS Conference. It was a powerful reminder for those attending the conference that we still have a lot of work to do if we want to end AIDS for good.
But now that the Quilt has left DC, the NAMES Project needs your help to keep the Quilt going. By shopping for Quilt merchandise at the AIDS Quilt Store, donating to the Quilt or hosting a display of Quilt sections in your hometown, you can:
Make sure the Quilt is cared for. After big displays like the one in D.C., the Quilt must now be cleaned, folded, packed and readied for the World AIDS Day displays.
Take the Quilt on the road. The NAMES Project showcases sections of the quilt at middle schools and college campuses in more than 1,000 displays each year.
Teach generations to come about HIV/AIDS. Panel-making workshops help keep the mission going and also educate and connect people with HIV/AIDS.
Learn more about the NAMES Project Foundation and the AIDS Memorial Quilt here, and if you can, we hope you will be able to support them.