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A Pop-Up Shop for Women in Need

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Raised by 24 people in 11 months
Created October 15, 2017
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

Last year, when we launched our non-profit 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 second 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 60,000 homeless people, including families and children, counted in July 2017. 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, hosting locals and influencers. Guests are invited to donate their old goods 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:

This year we are treating the women and children of Park Avenue Thorpe (of Nazareth Housing ), a Bronx supportive housing for single women and their children, to 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. 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 of the women at Park Avenue Thorpe 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. We successfully served over 70 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 retailer J. Crew for an in-store clothing drive.


HOW YOU CAN HELP:

To make this event as magical as we envision, we need your support. We are seeking to raise $1000 to:

Transport collected clothing and supplies between storage, pick-ups, drive events, and finally the Care Shop

Buy shopping bags

Buy hangers

Buy decorations

Buy food

Buy refreshments

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

Connect with us:
Website - Instagram - Twitter 

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Hey everyone!

Hope you are enjoying this lovely holiday season. Thank you so much for your continued support. We wanted to share with you some amazing press we've gotten this week.

Caribbean Life News: https://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2017/12/cl-homeless-woman-clothes-shopping-2017-12-22-bk.html

Gay Star News: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pop-care-shop-provides-comfort-choice-new-york-citys-homeless/#gs.gs8kKbM

We are so proud to be raising awareness within various NYC communities, especially when highlighting marginalized groups most vulnerable to homelessness.

Wishing all of you happy holidays and a wonderful New Year!

- Kadia + Kydee
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Hey everyone,

We are so proud to say that our Care Shop this past weekend was an absolute success!! Thanks so much for donating to our cause and believing in our mission. Special thanks to the hardworking volunteers who gave their time and hearts to a full day of service. Thank you to Park Avenue Thorpe for being such an amazing example of what it means to help others rehabilitate their lives. This year has been a blessing, full of lessons, new friendships, and beautiful opportunities.

As we say goodbye to 2017, we hope that you help us keep The Pop-Up Care Shop alive for years to come. We are currently looking for people to join our team! If you'd like to learn more, please email us. We ask that you also continue to spread the word of our work and support/share our GoFundMe in the coming year.

Thanks again for being so awesome and allowing us to do this once again! Wishing all of you a happy holiday season. Please enjoy the photos from this year's Care Shop at Park Avenue Thorpe attached.

Happy Holidays!

Kadia + Kydee
Kadia and Kydee at TPUCS '17
Care Shop shopper browsing.
Had a lot of cute accessories this yr!
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Tomorrow's the big day!

We are so excited about our upcoming Care Shop for the women of Park Avenue Thorpe and Thorpe Shelter. If you'd like to get involved with volunteering, please email us at thepopupcareshop@gmail.com. We'd love for you to join us! Also, we'd love if you spread our GoFundMe so that we can keep The Pop-Up Care Shop running and able to deliver the best experience to our fellow New Yorkers in need.

Thanks so much!

Kadia + Kydee
Last year's festivities.
Almost time to celebrate!
Beautiful moment captured from last year
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Happy Monday!

We're currently building our volunteer team for our December 16 Care Shop happening in the Bronx at Park Avenue Thorpe. If you'd like to volunteer the day (or even a few hours) to help us set-up shop and help our shoppers feel like queens, please let us know! Email us at thepopupcareshop@gmail.com

Spread the word! :-)

Thanks,

Kadia + Kydee
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