Group Brings 'Spirit of the Holidays' to HIV and AIDS Patients in Voorhees

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VOORHEES, N.J. -

A South Jersey non-profit is getting into the holiday spirit by giving back to patients affected by HIV and AIDS.

Volunteers with the Spirit of the Holidays organization were in Voorhees Thursday, December 7th, to deliver nearly 50 gift baskets to Kennedy Health Alliance infectious diseases patients affected by HIV and AIDS and their families.

The baskets, which will be distributed as the holidays get closer, contain items on each patient wish list.

Officials say it's an annual tradition that helps give patients and their families one "care-free" day during the holidays.

"Our mission is three-fold," said Lisa O’Neil, director of Spirit of the Holidays. "It's to let the families know they're not forgotten, let them have one stress-free day, and to let them know they're loved. If we can accomplish that then we've accomplished our mission and the fact that we do this in memory of my brother, to me, it's priceless." 

Spirit of the Holidays was founded in 1999 by the O'Neill family after their family member Kevin Todd past away at the age of 40 from the disease.

Since it began, the non-profit has donated gifts and food items to more than 1,000 South Jersey families and it's a tradition they hope to continue for years to come.

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