Vancouver Street Store is spreading a little joy over the holidays, with a free pop-up clothing store.
The annual event is happening this month, where it offers hundreds of items for those in need.
With departments set up in each of the 12 tents, this event is like any other clothing store. The main difference is that everything here is free.
Vancouver Street Store
“The Street Store provides a safe space for people to choose what they want and need, instead of being given what people think they need,” said organizer Christina Wong. “It’s like shopping. When we enter a store, we choose what we like.”
Wong has been running the event every year since 2014, and has since distributed more than 40,000 pieces of clothing to over 5,000 people.
With the help of 200+ volunteers, Patricia Chu has been with the event for the last five years.
“It provided me the opportunity to give back to the community, but more importantly, it allowed me to connect with some amazing residents of the Downtown Eastside, so that I could get to know them as individuals,” said Chu.
Wong and event sponsors usually cover the event.
But with an increase in cost, the organizer needed some help.
Luckily, between sponsors and the community, the Street Store raised $15,000 to make it all happen. An anonymous donor provided $7,500 alone.
Thanks to them, the pop-up shop can continue to help those in the community.
“There are often so many stereotypes associated with the underserved population and events like the Street Store are important in allowing us to break through those barriers,” said Chu.
Taking place from 10am – 4pm on Sunday, December 15, The Street Store at 62 East Hastings is expected to help 1,000 shoppers.
TELUS will also be at the event, offering $10 internet for low-income families.
“Sincere gratitude also goes to sponsors TELUS, SFU Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship, SFU Beedie School of Business, SFU External Relations and Vancity,” states the press release.
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