"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
In 2016, when we launched our non-profit charity The Pop-Up Care Shop , we were overjoyed by all of the love and support that helped us serve women and families with clothing essentials and an uplifting experience. We are continuing our mission for our fourth annual Care Shop and we need your help to make it bigger and better!
Homelessness is still a major epidemic in New York City, with over 61,000 homeless people, including families and children, counted in July 2019. Sadly, that number continues to grow. With so many shelters and programs underfunded and understaffed, distress saturates the space and everyone dwelling within -- from the people in need to the folks who provide those needs. This year, we want to lift some spirits with a new way of giving.
The Pop-Up Care Shop is an interactive charity drive project founded by Kadia Blagrove and Kydee Williams, two NYC writers who are dedicated to the empowerment of women and compassion for humanity. Partnering with different non-profit organizations and shelters, we collect donated goods and “set-up shop” to create a fun shopping experience for those truly in need. Items are nicely displayed in retail-fashion and shoppers get to thoughtfully pick out what they want. Our unique method rejects the standard of drop-off donations, and brings the goods to the people directly and with style!
HOW IT WORKS:
Phase 1: We host a clothing drive social event, and guests are invited to make donations and learn more about our cause.
Phase 2: We take those donated goods and set-up shop at a charity location.
WHAT WE ARE DOING:
In December 2019, we are going back to the women of Camba Broadway House Women's Shelter , a Brooklyn supportive housing for single older women, where we will host a holiday “shopping” party they won’t forget! We will bring over the donated clothing, place items on racks, add some decorations, play some music, and serve yummy refreshments and snacks. The ladies will have the opportunity to look through the clothes, choose what they like, all while celebrating the holidays with friends.
Our mission is to redeem the less fortunate with dignity, enjoyment, and, most of all, choice. So many homeless women have faced hardship because of their loss of choice. Poverty and abuse can make anyone feel powerless, and many of these clients fall victim to these painful realities. We aim to empower these women with the opportunity to choose.
WHAT WE’VE DONE
In 2016, we kickstarted our mission with Bronx women’s shelter SAMMON Build. Then, in 2017 we set-up shop at Nazareth Housing's Park Avenue Thorpe. In 2018 we set up show at the Broadway House Women Shelter. To date, we successfully served over 400 women and their children with clothing, books,and shoes. Through our efforts, we’ve come to know other wonderful nonprofit organizations that we have collaborated with on events throughout the year. We’ve also gotten the privilege of partner with major retailers like J. Crew and thrift store maven Beacon's Closet for an in-store clothing drive.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
To help us continue this work, we need your support. We are seeking to raise money to:
Transport collected clothing and supplies between storage, pick-ups, clothing drive events, and finally the Pop-Up Care Shop
Buy shopping bags
Buy cups, napkins, and utensils
Supplement any costs potential sponsorship won’t meet
We are so thankful for any contribution. You will be helping us make this holiday season really special.
Thanks so much!
- Kadia & Kydee
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