The Street Store has touched thousands of lives since it was launched in South Africa six years ago; today more than ever, we should help support the homeless.
South Africa (02 June 2020) – The Street Store is the world’s first rent-free, premises-free, ‘pop-up clothing store’ for the homeless, found entirely on the street and stocked by donations.
This initiative is based on the notion that those in need can shop at The Street Store for suitable clothing items – at no cost. A copywriter at M&C Saatchi Abel, Levitan and her colleague, Max Pazak, founded The Street Store in 2014. The success of the initiative has been extraordinary since its inception, thousands of Street Stores have been held globally, in more than 210 cities to date. It is estimated that over a million items have been donated, clothing almost half a million people in need.
The project offers the homeless the dignity of choice. They can browse the clothing on offer and chose things that fit and speak more to who they are as a person.
All the stores that were planned to be hosted leading up to winter, were cancelled. This is due to the lockdown. The organisation hopes to remain in the front of everyone’s minds. Now that it is getting colder, it is more important than ever!
“Please don’t forget about us. When life normalises again, whenever that may be, your support will be more important than ever.
If you are able, please consider donating to an organisation in your area so that they can continue to support those in need.”
If you do tidy the house and find some unwanted clothing, put it aside and chat with the Street Store team to set up your own shop when we reach level 1. You can find out more about the organisation via their website here.