Homeless And Destitute Will Be Treated To A Day Of “Shopping” At Durban’s First Pop-Up Street Store!
Durban will be joining 150 other cities across the world with an amazing charity initiative that will be hitting our streets. Durban’s first “The Street Store” will take place this month. The Street Store, which first started in Cape Town is a pop-up charity shop for homeless and destitute, that requires no rent and no premises. It takes place on the street and requires zero money to shop there.
How Does This Work?
Grace Family Church and Grace Aid in partnership with Imagine Durban, Christ Church and JAM Clothing are hosting the first “The Street Store” in Durban and will be doing all the co-ordinating and collections.
The Street Shop consists simply of cardboard posters, each hung with clothing items and accessories. All clothes are donated and is free for the taking in an effort to provide clothing to the homeless and destitute.
There are assistants on site to help “customers” select items as they browse, and anything they choose to take will be wrapped up for them before they go.
Giving Back Dignity
The aim of this super amazing initiative was to give dignity back to many that feel they have lost it due to their socio-economic situation.
“It makes it easy to make donations as it is hosted in a public area, but it also dignifies the receiving process,” Kayli Levitan, one of the The Street Store organizers. “Instead of feeling like they’re having old clothing thrown at them, the homeless get to have a full shopping experience. They can browse through the clothes, we’ll help them find an outfit they like, it’s wrapped up and off they go.”
It’s a true retail experience for many that never know what it is to shop in a store. It provides all the variety, leisure, freedom and dignity that we love about shopping.
How Can You Help?
There are various ways that you can contribute to this amazing cause. You can get involved by donating clothes for the charity store. Many of us have heaps on unused and unwanted clothing, shoes and accessories. Free up space by dropping off your unwanted items at the following points:
Grace Family Church – Umhlanga, Ballito and Riverside
Christ Church – Addington
JAM Clothing Stores– Hillcrest, Umhlanga, Springfield, Smith Street and Amanzimtoti
Volunteer your time on the 15th of November between 9am and 12am to assist The Street Store. The store will be hosted at 398 Mahatma Gandhi Road.
Lastly, SPREAD THE WORD! Get onto your social media and tell everyone about the The Street Store. The more people that know the greater the success. Share this article so that people understand what it is about and how they can help.
For more information go to www.thestreetstore.org