About Philly AIDS Thrift

Philly AIDS Thrift is a 501(c)(3) non-profit thrift store benefiting HIV /AIDS service organizations. It first opened a small shop on Bainbridge Street in 2005; it expanded to additional warehouse space in 2007.

In 2011 all of its operations moved under one bigger and better roof at 710 S. 5th Street. In the fall of 2014, it added a second location when it took over the historic LGBT bookstore Giovanni's Room at 12th and Pine, which now operates as Philly AIDS Thrift @Giovanni's Room.

The store is run with support from amazing volunteers. The public donates thrift items that are then resold and turned into donations. PAT then distributes those funds to over 20 different HIV/AIDS service organizations through their annual grant-giving program. In 2020, they awarded 24 organizations over $200,000+.

In addition to our cash contributions, Philly AIDS Thrift provides free store vouchers to Philly area HIV/AIDS service providers for distribution to clients needing clothing assistance and household necessities.

According to the City of Philadelphia AIDS Activities Coordinating Office, Philadelphia is the epicenter of Pennsylvania's HIV/AIDS epidemic. More than 30,000 Philadelphia residents are living with the virus that causes AIDS. Many people do not know their status and have never tested.

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