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On this first Saturday of the month, how about we pay it forward and donate our old clothes to the Street Store?


The Street Store is the world’s first rent-free, premises-free, pop-up clothing “store” for the homeless. Since “opening” in Cape Town in Africa in January 2014, The Street Store has gone on to 190 countries, letting the less fortunate and the homeless do a little shopping.

On Saturday, December 3, The Street Store arrives in Manila for its first free pop-up. It will be held at the Noli Me Tangere Gardens in Luneta from 6:00 am to 4:30pm.

The idea is simple: drop by the venue and hang your still-wearable clothes on the cardboard hangers, place the shoes you no longer wear on the cardboard boxes, and watch the homeless of Luneta do a little shopping of their own.

According to Genevieve Abuzo, one of the two ladies who brought the concept to Manila, they’ve always wanted to help the marginalized. “So when I came across Street Store in a Coursera online program I was taking, I knew it was something we could bring to Manila,” Abuzo writes in an email.

They got in touch with the organization, and as soon as they got the green light, scouted for venues, reached out to friends, and got a few companies to sponsor the necessary supplies, most important of which were the cardboard hangers on which the clothes will be placed.

They will be accepting donations all through Saturday until closing time at 4:30pm.

The Street Store Philippines, Noli Me Tangere Garden, Luneta, Manila. 6am-4:30pm


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