Carrying the weight of the world, one care package at a time

Nico Triunfante, TSV Staff Writer

Skyline College will be giving care packages to caregivers in third world countries to support their cause, to help people with AIDS.

A worldwide organization, World Vision, which consists of over 70,000 volunteers, seeks to improve the lives of over 100 million people living in poverty.

On Dec. 2, the Skyline College student government gives their assistance to World Vision by allowing students to create care packages in the cafeteria. These care packages included rubber gloves, petroleum jelly, towels, bars of soap, anti-fungal creme and a note for students to write on.

Each student that participated in the event was given a red ribbon, representing their support for the caregivers sacrificing their lives around the world. The student government believes that Skyline College students are not highly involved with the problem of AIDS.

“The AIDS epidemic is just ridiculous outside of America,” said Richard Porter, commissioner of activities of student government. “This is our involvement to have students connect, learn about it, make it more relevant; World Aids Day just happened, so that’s really what we’re accomplishing.”

According to amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, over 35 million people live with HIV/AIDS. Over two-thirds of those people are concentrated in the Sub-Sahara area of Africa. As stated in aids.gov, there are over 1.1 million people in the United States living with HIV. Within that spectrum, one in every six is unaware that they have the syndrome.

Porter previously participated in a similar program in St. Louis, Missouri, packing medical kits along with other students of the area. He wanted to share the experience with Skyline students by allowing them to partake a similar event. Additionally, it gave students volunteer service hours.

The caregivers that are given these packages experience dangers. For instance, the rubber gloves are used to prevent disease and infection to the people being taken care of since their immune systems are low.

Several volunteers explained that above all, the note was the most important aspect of the care package. It is the tool that connects the person making the care package, and the receiver, thanking and/or further motivating them to proceed with their sacrifices.

“We’re trying to get the student body to be more aware of what’s going on with the problem of Aids,” said Pricsilla Sanchez. “Right now it’s really unspoken, and we just wanted to raise awareness.”

Update: this article was edited to include a video created by TSV writer Nico Triunfante. 10:51 A.M. 12/11/13