Since 1996 AID FOR AIDS (AFA) has been collecting unused HIV medications and re-distributing them to people with HIV and AIDS in developing countries. Today, AFA is the largest recycling program of HIV meds in the world and collects an average of over $5 million dollars worth of medication a year.
In 2005, AFA designed the Drop-Off Box, a breakthrough tool for the collection of medication in HIV service organizations, HIV clinics, and pharmacies that partner with AFA. The Drop-Off Box makes donating medicines easier for donors, by currently providing 17 convenient locations where they can donate their medication, and also for the partner organizations who now no longer need to handle the donated prescriptions in any way. A representative from AFA visits each secure box once a week to empty the box and collect the medication.
Nearly 42% of the total medication collected in New York City during 2010, came from Drop-Off Boxes strategically located around the city. AFAI is now ready to expand the Drop-Off Box Initiative, both in the tri-state area and around the country.
How can $1000 become $350,000?
AFA is looking for caring individuals, families, and organizations willing to sponsor the cost of installing new Drop-Off Boxes. A tax-deductible donation of just $1,000 can cover the cost of installing a new box that is capable of collecting $350,000 in medication a year.
For a relatively small investment, you can help AFA greatly increase the amount of medication collected, making a positive impact in so many lives around the world.
The name of the sponsor/family/organization donating the box will be engraved on a plaque on the box (optional). In addition, the sponsor will receive quarterly reports on the performance of their box and will be listed in AFA’s Annual Report.
This is a wonderful opportunity to become a part of one of the most innovative HIV programs around today. Sponsoring a Drop-Off Box is also a perfect way to pay tribute to the memory of a friend or loved one in a way that will continue to help others for years to come.