Vancouver’s free clothing store for the homeless needs your donation

This is the season to give and help those in need.

Employer To Empower is having its 8th annual Vancouver Street pop-up store and needs our help. They are raising donations for the city’s most vulnerable residents in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This is an opportunity to provide a dignified shopping experience for the city’s homeless people.

This free pop-up clothing store is known to uplift residents and provide a helping hand (as opposed to helping out). However, the store is sorely lacking in donations this year and has asked people to step up generously this weekend on Saturday, December 4.

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The filing date is Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 41 E Hastings Street in Vancouver.

If you need to deposit donations, rest assured that several security measures will be in place. They include: reduced capacity, disinfection stations and temperature controls.

Donations needed and accepted include:

  • Winter jackets + pants for women + men
  • Medium to large backpacks
  • Warm blankets
  • Men + Women New Underwear
  • New towels
  • Sleeping bags
  • New socks
  • Unopened toiletries
  • Winter accessories (gloves, scarves, hats)
  • Winter boots (especially large sizes)

Things that cannot be accepted include:

  • Summer clothes
  • Kids clothing
  • Hotel size shampoos / toiletries
  • High heels * + Open shoes

The current store will be open to residents of downtown Eastside at Oppenheimer Park 400 Powell Street on December 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Vancouver Street store was exempted from the Provincial Health Worker Rallies and Events Ordinance, based on providing essential items and services to those in need.

604 Now is a proud media sponsor of the Vancouver Street Store. For more information on how to get involved, see the Employer To Empower website.

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