Water donated to AIDS charity
Owners of a bar in Texas donated water to a charity supporting sufferers of AIDS. Frank Holland and Ron Nelson, owners of Pekers Bar in Oak Lawn, delivered 6,000 bottles of water to AIDS Interfaith Network to help homeless clients of the agency beat the heat this summer.
“Our clients…worry about having enough to eat and drink to survive. They will have one less thing to worry about this summer, thanks to the generous folks at Pekers.” said Travis Gasper, AIN director of development.
Each year AIN serves 2,000 individuals in North Texas battling HIV/AIDS. Half of them are without stable, permanent housing, leaving them in danger when the mercury rises. Proper hydration is essential to staying on HIV medications, which help prevent the further spread of the disease.
AIN Associate Director Edgar Carmona said “[Pekers’] generosity means those most vulnerable to the heat will be able to stay hydrated and healthy this summer.”
Holland said the donation came from patrons and staff. And why did they help?
“Just because,” Holland said. “It was something that needed to be done.”
Pekers Bar just celebrated its fifth anniversary, and has supported HIV prevention efforts in the community since it opened. In addition to its water donations, Pekers has given more than $100,000 in cash to AIN.
Hydration is vital for all of our well-being, but particularly to those who are sick and vulnerable; The Water Delivery Company is pleased to see projects such as this ensuring that those most in need are taken care of, and that fresh, safe drinking water is available to everyone, not just a privileged few.