Sky Blue FC is proud to support Cloud 9, a Club supporters’ group, with their annual Holiday Gift Drive for the Newark, New Jersey-based AIDS Resource Foundation for Children (ARFC). ARFC helps individuals, children, and families impacted by HIV/AIDS or are faced with other social and health-related barriers to be resilient and build healthier futures. The Holiday Gift Drive runs from November 24 to December 19 and accepts both physical and monetary donations.
Cloud 9 has set up a wish list via Amazon with some of the most requested items by ARFC for their transitional houses. Items requested include clothing, bedding, bathroom, and kitchen needs. Cloud 9 set up a donation link on its website for monetary contributions for those wishing to donate outside of Amazon.
“I have personally been working with the ARFC since 2010 when I was a board member for the Empire Supporters Club,” said President of Cloud 9, Jen Muller. “When I started with Cloud 9 five years later, I wanted to bring that relationship over. In years past, we have held toy drives at our holiday parties in addition to volunteering with the setup of their annual Santa’s Workshop. Since we are unable to meet in person this year, we are taking our efforts fully online.”
This year is the fifth year that Cloud 9 is working with the ARFC during the holidays. Sky Blue FC fans are encouraged to purchase items from the wish list or make a monetary donation to support the initiative. To purchase items from the wish list, click here. To make a monetary donation, click here. For more information on the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, click here.
About AIDS Resource Foundation for Children
AIDS Resource Foundation for Children (ARFC) helps individuals, children, and families impacted by HIV/AIDS or are faced with other social and health-related barriers to be resilient and build healthier futures. They do this through transitional care and housing for medically fragile children, HIV+ women, young HIV+ gay/bisexual men, and individuals and families infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. ARFC also provides enrichment programs for children and families, case management and supportive services, and advocacy to ensure optimal policies, funding, and support for the populations they serve. ARFC’s Project Nest (locations in Newark and Ventnor) provides housing to HIV+ gay/bisexual/MSM young men. The ARFC Salon in Essex County provides housing for HIV+ women who are survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Working closely with the residents, and using trauma-informed approaches to care, the ARFC staff create a supportive environment that enables a focus on health and stability for all residents.