“In 1991, my son Fred, was on the program with God’s Love, living with AIDS. After just three short months of receiving meals from God’s Love, Fred lost his brave fight to the disease. I had seen the beautiful meals he had been receiving from God’s Love and, when he died, I said, “It’s payback time.” I have been with God’s Love ever since.
For 27 years, I’ve been volunteering weekly and fundraising yearly for God’s Love, so that they can continue to help others who need their meals. Every year I participate in the annual #RacetoDeliver, with my team Roz’s Girls. Since we started, we’ve raised over $180,000, which funds over 18,000 meals!
I remember so clearly the food Fred received and I remember so clearly when I first came to the God’s Love kitchen, donned an apron, and set to work, chopping and peeling vegetables with the Friday night crew. God’s Love is an essential part of my life. Since my start at God’s Love, I’ve tried on almost every volunteer hat, working in the kitchen, in the development and finance departments, at events and on the streets, as an advocate and ambassador for God’s Love.
Look for me and my team on Sunday at the 25th Annual Race to Deliver! It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years – I’ll be there with Roz’s Girls, and we’ll proudly walk the 4 miles through Central Park. I will always deliver for God’s Love, as a volunteer, an ambassador and a Racer, truly a loud voice for so many." -- Roz Gilbert, God's Love volunteer, #RaceToDeliver team member
#NYRR @nyrr #WhyIRunWednesday #RozsGirls #instarunner #centralpark #theaidsmemorial @theaidsmemorial #aidsmemorial #lgbthistory (Photos L to R): Roz with Fred and her daughter Cheryl, Fred's panel on the AIDS Quilt, Roz and her teams 2009-2016!)