Amy Dunham feels like she has gotten to know some of the people who are featured on the AIDS quilt panels that were sent to her church.
With hand-sewn letters from family members, photos of them doing what they love and words from their loved ones, each panel tells a story.
"They're so fascinating," she said. "You kind of feel like you know them by looking at their panel."
The stories are of people who have died from AIDS. The quilt was started in 1987 as a memorial from people who have died of the virus across the world.
Members of the Immanuel United Church of Christ on Edmondson Avenue decided to get panels of the quilt this year as a way to celebrate Worlds AIDS Day, which is today.
A total of six of the 10-by-10 panels are at the church. Volunteers also created a memorial in the front lawn with markers and red ribbons displaying facts and stories AIDS and HIV.
The quilt will be on display tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. and a candle light service will be held at 8:30 p.m.
The church is also hosting events on Friday and Saturday where the quilt will be on display. On Friday, the church is hosting an Opening and Affirming Night from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday there will be a choir performance and a speaker from Project PLASE in Baltimore, which is a nonprofit organizations that works with people to find housing and helps the needs of those with AIDS and HIV.
Also on Saturday, there will be free HIV testing from the Baltimore County Health Department.
The church is located at 1905 Edmondson Ave. The church office number is 410-744-5014.