Robbie's Pantry Supports STAP

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 21, 2007 at 7:11 PM EDT

One person's driving home a prize car, while hundreds of others will benefit from the raffle to win it.

Bill McCann of Chenango Bridge won this 1998 convertible Camaro at Botnick Chevrolet in Binghamton.

McCann was one of 12 finalists drawn earlier this morning.

The car belonged to 36 year old Robbie Carro.

He died of AIDS in 2005.

For months, the Southern Tier AIDS Program, or STAP, has been selling raffle tickets for the past several months for a chance to win the car.

All proceeds of the raffle go toward filling Robbie's Pantry.

We spoke with Robbie's parents about the project that honor's Robbies life.

Robert Carro is remembered as a kind and generous man.

"Robbie always did for people. If he saw somebody on the street, he would always stop, give them money, help them, give them food, whatever," says Robbie's mother, Angela Carro.

He was also very generous to the Southern Tier AIDS program or STAP.

That's why the group decided to name this new pantry in his honor.

It's stocked with toiletry items such as shampoo, soap, and deodorant.

More than 300 people who are clients of STAP can get those kinds of products here.

"We recognize the need and we're trying to address it. You can't, for example, if you're receiving food stamps from the government, from the county, you can't use those to buy those basic necessities," says STAP Executive Director John Barry.

The agency has already collected hundreds of items to put in the pantry.

Some local artists are painting it, to look his apartment in New York City, and the salon where Robbie worked as a hair colorist.

Robbie's parents say a pantry like this is important to support people fighting the HIV virus or AIDS.

"Watching what Robert went through with us, I can't imagine somebody being alone and having to go through this disease and not have the things they need," says Robbie's father Frank Carro.

If you would like to donate to Robbie's Pantry, or would like more information about STAP, you can call 798-1706.

Or you can donate on their website at www.stapinc.org.

STAP covers 8 counties in New York State.

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