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Green Point to host 500th Street Store for Cape Town's homeless

Sunday 25 September sees the 500th Street Store take place outside the Salesian Institute in Green Point, Cape Town.

The Street Store concept is a free, dignified pop-up clothing store for the homeless, and is based entirely on donations from the public.

Image: Street Store donation boards and posters. Credit: thestreetstore.org.

Since it was launched in 2014, the initiative (created by advertising agency, M&C Saatchi Abel) has gone global and has led to Street Store pop-ups across the world.

The Street Store website allows any groups or organisations to take the pledge and host their own pop-up in their communities.

Co-founder of Street Store, Kayli Levitan, explains that the guidebook and other materials have now been translated into 15 different languages, purely through the power of social media.

There have now been almost 500 Street Stores that have popped-up in about 190 cities in the world.

Kayli Levitan, co-founder of Street Store

Capetonians are encouraged to go down to the Salesian Institute on Sunday, between 10.30am and 3pm, to donate any good pre-loved items of clothing that you no longer need, fit into, or want.

All clothing items are welcome, and there is a particular demand for men's clothing, bras, socks, belts and hats.

Levitan urges locals to hang up their donations, and volunteer their time to help out during the day.

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:

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