Social & Community News
14 December 2018

Rustenburg – Mohamed Abba in partnership with Abba Emporium and The Street Store launched a - pop-up - free street store on 9 December at Laerskool David Brink.

The Street Store is a free pop-up (temporary) store for the needy and homeless. The concept is simple. In stead of hand-outs, the store gives people the opporttunity and freedom to choose their own items. 

The free store is a great way to bring the entire retail experience to charity services. 
As many shoppers can testify – a bit of retail therapy can go a long way in making you feel better and restoring your dignity. 

It’s not just the purchasing of an item but the entire experience. It gave them the opportunity to choose for themselves. 

For many people it’s a form of therapy and perhaps even a way to inspire them to improve themselves. 

The store received a great response from the community and there was a huge variety of donated clothes for the ‘customers’ to choose from. Children also received gifts and volunteers ensured that there were snacks like fruit and cookies to nibble on while shopping.

This was a great initiative and about a 150 less fortunate people showed up to get much needed items of clothing.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who offered up their time and efforts on Sunday morning to assist in this project.

Tsitsi Soun and Nicholas Martins. 
Mrs. Rustenburg 2019, Selicia Richter; and Madelaine Snyman handing out snacks.
Shoppers supporting the pop-up stores. 
Volunteers preparing lunch. 
From left: Hellen Diale and Ontlanetse Segalo unpacking some of the donations they received. 


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