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When charity meets shopping

When charity meets shopping

What if homeless people could go shopping like everyone else?

On August 19th, Brazil, South Africa, and the United States will host another edition of the “Street Store”, a charity pop-up shop that gives homeless people the opportunity of browsing, trying it on, choosing, and taking home their favorite items, all for free.

The initiative was created in 2014 in Cape Town and brought to the streets a huge line of cardboard hangers filled with clothing items, accessories, and shoes for the neighborhood’s homeless.

The “customers” have a true shopping experience, from just a sneak peak in some of the items to take with them their favorite one wrapped up in a gift paper.

“It makes it easy to make donations as it is hosted in a public area, but it also dignifies the receiving process,” said kayli Levitan, one of the Street Store organizers.

Since homelessness and poverty are worldwide issues, every single city can have its own Street Store event. The concept was designed so anyone can replicate it, including using the Street Store artwork to print out your own posters, t-shirts and even help in finding proper approvals for using public space for the event.

To participate, you can host your own event, donate clothes, shoes, and accessories to the team near you, volunteer in one of the Stores, help find sponsors and companies to fund more donations or just share the project in your social media.

Watch the video here.

 

August 19 @ 9:00 am  3:00 pm

675th Street Store – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

HOSTED BY: Msunduzi Municipality

 

August 19 @ 9:00 am  2:00 pm

658th Street Store – Acworth, Georgia, USA

HOSTS: Rebecca Archer Rhodes and Trish Traylor Reynolds

 

August 19 @ 2:00 pm  5:00 pm

655th Street Store – São Paulo, Brazil

HOSTS: Alexandre Del Rei Macedo, Bianca Mena e Karla Del Rei Macedo.