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By Kristian Schooler | LSU Student

LSU Care for AIDS program offers students an opportunity to donate textbooks and other spare books to help fight AIDS in Kenya.

Since Fall 2010, students have been encouraging students to donate their old books, according to Larry Robbins, head of CARE for AIDS at LSU.

"There are bigger issues outside of our everyday lives," said Larry Robins, head of the LSU branch of the organization, such as hunger, HIV/AIDS and trafficking.

In 2010, its first year, it raised roughly $3,000 and nearly $4,000 in 2011, Robins said.

This year, LSU is hoping to double last year's achievement by furthering promotions through email, organization involvement and YouTube, Robbins added.

Approximately 1.4 million Kenyans are HIV-positive and in need of a life transformation, physically and spiritually, according to CARE for AIDS. Without proper medical, nutritional, and hygienic care, these individuals have limited life expectancy, CARE for AIDS adds.

It is difficult for Kenyans to receive proper medication, and the ones with AIDS view their lives as "over," Robins said. "Our goal is to give them hope to view themselves as still living."

CARE for AIDS partners with local Kenyan churches to operate life transforming centers that serve the physical, spiritual, economic and social needs of men and women living with HIV/AIDS, according to CARE for AIDS.

Each of these centers operates from within the local church and serve 80 clients at a time. These 80 men and women go through a nine-month process of education, training, and support in order to live full, productive and healthy lives, CARE for AIDS adds.

"We only have one world, and if no one ever tried to make a change then what would happen," Robins asked.

"Just start moving," Robins insisted.

Visit www.careforaids.org for more information on how to get involved.

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