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After a challenging 2020, 2021 is starting a bit easier for 11 South Florida organizations that advocate for people with HIV.

It’s thanks to donations from The Campbell Foundation, which gave each non-profit $3,000 as part of its “Holiday Hug” grants.

The 11 recipients served their communities despite the pandemic. The holiday hug is an unrestricted donation — organizations can use the money however they see fit. The Campbell Foundation has awarded them every year since 1996.

According to a Campbell Foundation press release, the holiday hug recipients worked hard to keep their clients served, and operations opened during the pandemic.

The list of other recipients includes:

  • AH Monroe (Key West)
  • Broward House (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Care Resource (Miami-Dade and Fort Lauderdale)
  • Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Comprehensive Care Clinic/Broward Health (Fort Lauderdale)
  • FoundCare (West Palm Beach)

Other location non-profits that received funding include SunServe, Compass Community Center in Lake Worth and Latinos Salud in Wilton Manors and Miami.

“In 2020, Latinos Salud remained safely open for HIV and STD screening,” Stephen Fallon, the executive director of Latinos Salud, said in a press release. “Since many other providers were closed, our lab costs hit three times normal expenditures. The Campbell Foundation’s ‘holiday hug' helps us continue to serve the community with free services, so that this year, we will exceed 5,000 community members tested, and all who are diagnosed, get linked into lifesaving care. We are so grateful to the Campbell Foundation!”

The Campbell Foundation will celebrate its 26th anniversary next month. Its primary mission focuses on research to cure HIV/AIDS, but it also supports companies that provide help to people who are living with the disease.

The Campbell Foundation was established in 1995 by the late Richard Campbell Zahn to support clinical, laboratory-based research into the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.