Companies and communities honor World AIDS Day

Communities, organizations and business across the globe are honoring World AIDS Day.

AIDS Community Resources in Syracuse held a service of hope and remembrance at Le Moyne College's Panasci Chapel on Friday morning.

The Central New York HIV Care Network Community Education & Awareness Committee hosted a World AIDS Day Candlelight Walk and interfaith service of "Remembrance and Reflection" at University United Methodist Church. AIDS Memorial Quilts from the Central New York NAMES Project will be displayed in the Church from 2:00 p.m. through dinner following the service.

A candlelight walk, organized by the American Indian Community House, will begin at 5:00 p.m. Friday evening at Forman Park on East Genesee Street.

Starbucks Corp. is donating a portion of its proceeds on World AIDS Day to help fight the disease.

The company announced Thursday it would give five cents to the Global Fund of the RED foundation for each hand-crafted drink it sells on Saturday in the United States and Canada. The coffee shop is also partnering with iTunes, offering a digital $30 gift card that is divided into two $15 certificates to iTunes and Starbucks. Five percent of the proceeds to those gift cards, sold online, will also be donated to RED.

RED was founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver and links with brands to help raise money to fight AIDS. It benefits the Global Fund, which uses the money for HIV/AIDS programs in Africa.

World AIDS Day is observed each year on the first day of December.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)