Free Street Stores That Gives Free Clothes to the Homeless Are Appearing Everywhere

The Street Store is an idea of the copywriter Kayli Vee Levitan of M&C Saatchi Abel in Cape Town and the idea of  Max Pazak, that came to them one day when they were standing on their office balcony looking down and observing all the people passing by below. “We didn’t want to do just a cold clothing drive, because while it may make people donate once, we wanted to make them want to donate in the future too,” Kayli Vee Levitan, said.

This Street Store is a charity that donates clothing to the homeless, it is a rent-free, building free, a pop-up clothing store that gives clothing away to the poor FREE. It started as a one-time event in 2014 to helo the poor of Cape Town, South Africa and it has blossomed into a worldwide innovative way to helo the homeless in a dignified way.

Kayli Vee Levitan also said: “Our offices are in Green Point – a very hip and trendy area, but where you find a lot of homeless people. We saw how the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ cross one another’s paths on the streets, but never really meet. The ‘haves’ fear the homeless and get frustrated with their begging – so they begin to ignore them. This dehumanizes the homeless which makes them feel even more comfortable with begging as they begin to see the ‘haves’ as pockets (of money), rather than people. This vicious cycle of dehumanization separates these two worlds.”

When the first Street Store was held, people who donated clothing had to do it in person, so they could interact with the people who were receiving the clothing. It’s realized that homelessness was not exclusive to Cape Town or to South Africa Levitan and Pazak opened the pop-up street store concept to any organization that wanted to run one. Levitan said: “All the donated clothing was hung up individually on so the homeless could browse through the garments and not have to dig through bins. Volunteers were on hand to help people pick out clothing that worked for the shoppers. It was a complete success. They gave away 1,000 bags off clothing that day.

Since that time, the rent-free, pop-up charity has been held in cities across the globe. It is escalating progress and thanks to the minimal nature of its infrastructure. And with some volunteers and some pieces of cardboard, the Street Store can pop up anywhere in the world. The start is easy, the first step is to access the Street Store start-up guide. Then, following the instructions. It is recommended that whoever decides to open a shop collaborates with a local homeless shelter or organization since volunteers are needed to administrate the event.

You can download these open-source poster designs from TheStreetStore.org, and as printed and assembled they serve as hangers and placemats to hold clothing donations. A store can be open anywhere where there is a public space because it is the easiest way to connect the homeless to the city and there should be a large fence at the location to hang the posters.

Sources:
https://www.thestreetstore.org/
https://educateinspirechange.org/alternative-news/america/street-stores-that-give-free-clothing-to-homeless-are-popping-up-world-wide/
https://www.goodnet.org/articles/free-street-stores-for-homeless-are-appearing-everywhere

Photographer “Time Travels” by Photoshopping Herself into Old Celebrity Photos

Have you ever imagined if you could go back in time and take a picture with famous people? If yes, you will probably enjoy a similar series in 2013, called “Time Travel” created by an artist, Flora. She is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation in order to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, and dreams. However, today we will mainly focus on how she discovers the possibilities of the well known “selfie” phenomenon with famous people. Let’s admit that it would be pretty difficult to explain the concept of a selfie to a person from the 20th century. But this fact makes these series even more interesting!

“After the first official picture of a black hole was released last week, I decided to look into the Theory of relativity and I’ve been wondering how cool it was, if I could travel faster than the speed of light, ergo I could travel back in time. While I’ve been making a “selfie” with Albert Einstein (photoshopping myself into a picture of him) I decided to celebrate this amazing discovery with a series of pictures, where I travel back in time. ” writes Flora in her website.

Check out the gallery below. Also, tell us in the comment section below; If you could go back in time who would you like to take a selfie with?

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#1 Marilyn Monroe

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#2 Mahatma Gandhi

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#3 John Lennon

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#4 Salvador Dali

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#5 Albert Einstein

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#6 Sigmund Freud

Flora Borsi

#7 Audrey Hepburn

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