The Red Scarf Project was started in 2005 as a way to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day. People can donate knitted or croched red scarves of any shade, or buy one for a loved one.
Sydney DiMaggio of Greece has been busy knitting red yarn into scarves all week. "I think about how these scarves can help in the prevention of AIDS," said DiMaggio.
DiMaggio, who's mother works for AIDS Care, plans to donate ten knitted scarves. "It'll help more people become more aware of HIV," she said.
In addition to scarves, AIDS Care is also accepting knitted red hats and mittens. Kim VanHatten of Gates says every little bit helps. She has lived with HIV for nearly 20 years. "When I first started dealing with it, people went way out of their way to help us, and now the funding has dwindled," said VanHatten.
DiMaggio believes each donated scarf can help prevent another person from getting HIV. "Knowing that really makes my time feel invaluable, knowing how I could help the cause," she said.
There is still time to submit a scarf to AIDS Care at 259 Monroe Avenue in Rochester. Donations are being accepted until Saturday, and that's when scarves can begin to be purchased at AIDS Care as well.
In addition, they will be available Saturday night at the World AIDS Day concert which will be held at 7 p.m. at the First Universalist Church on South Clinton Avenue in Rochester.
To learn more about AIDS Care, the Red Scarf Project, local events planned for World AIDS Day Saturday, click here.