How are you? After the trying year and a half we’ve all had, we truly hope this finds you well. As you all know, the holiday season is prime time for The Pop-Up Care Shop — from clothing donations to setting up boutiques at the various shelters, we always try to bring some cheer to those in need.
However, while outside gradually opens back up, the COVID-19 pandemic is still a reality for us, and the safety of our volunteers and the occupants of the shelters we serve is priority. The decision not to do a Pop-Up Care Shop for the second year in a row was a hard one to make. Over the summer we did outreach to numerous shelters and realized the pandemic posed too much of a risk to all involved.
We want you to join us for an evening of making holiday Care packages for women in need. Attendees are invited to bring donated items (new unused toiletries, new or clean gently worn winter accessories, face masks, feminine hygiene products, books, etc.). Please note: we are NOT collecting clothing donations this year, as the Care Packages can only fit toiletries and winter accessories (like hats, gloves, and scarves).
Care packages will serve the women of New Destiny Housing, a housing development for homeless and low-income domestic violence survivors. During the event, you will have the opportunity to mingle, snack on holiday goodies, support the New Women Space cash bar if you need an after work pick-me up, and jump start the holiday season with giving back. As with all of our events, volunteers are welcome, so bring a friend!Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On December 14, 2019, we hosted our 4th Pop-Up Care Shop at the Broadway House Women’s Shelter in Brooklyn. It also happens to be our second year hosting at this location. The women there are so magical and we love serving them.
As the shoppers came in, they were escorted to clothing stations with a personal shopper/stylist (aka our amazing volunteers). They were able to shop for clothes, shoes, accessories, and the outerwear that they need for the winter months. The shoppers were able to create fashionable looks that uplifted and encouraged them. This year’s clothing sponsors included: Zara, Lane Bryant, and Beacon’s Closet.
Your act of kindness gave these women a choice and that’s something no one can take from them. Please support our GoFundMe so we can continue doing this work for years to come. Your support means everything to us.
After two years of serving shelters and organizations in The Bronx, The Pop-Up Care Shop is expanding our reach to Brooklyn! From the very start, we’ve had a mission to reach across all boroughs (and eventually the country— one day international!) and are very grateful for the opportunity to branch out. This year we will be serving a Brooklyn-based shelter called CAMBA Broadway House Women’s Shelter.
Beyond location, we were also interested in expanding our reach to a different demographic. In one of our meetings, we discussed the sad increase of elderly homeless individuals in NYC. We really wanted to target older women this year and thankfully the stars aligned for us to do just that! Empress Varnado, the founder of BBDigital and amazing friend of TPUCS (she collected feminine hygiene products for our first shop), reached out to collaborate again for our upcoming shop. She put us in contact with CAMBA Broadway House Women’s Shelter, which happens to serve mostly female clients ages 60 and older, and the rest is soon to be history!
On December 8th, we will be serving the ladies of Broadway House with a holiday boutique of free clothes. BBDigital will be collecting feminine hygiene products (including adult diapers and toiletries) and we will be collecting clothing and brand new undergarments. Also joining us this year is designer, educator, and author Lesley Ware, who will host a fun fashion workshop for the ladies and who sponsored the venue for our launch event back in 2016. So it’s truly a reunion of sorts this year!
We’re currently seeking volunteers and donations to help make this a special event! See below for details:
Clothing Drive: Dec 1st (11am – 3pm) at 49 Crown St, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Last night we had the honor of attending Sanctuary for Families Zero Tolerance Benefit. For over 30 years @sffny has worked tirelessly to advocate and serve survivors of domestic abuse, economic abuse, sex trafficking, and other forms of gender violence. It was a night of celebrating the brave women who’ve overcome so much trauma and pain; a night of hope and giving; and a night of breaking the silence surrounding gender violence and basic human rights.
We are back at Park Avenue Thorpe to celebrate Mother’s Day with some amazing moms! In honor of these wonderful women, we hosted a Self-Care workshop day full of vision-boarding and sister talk. Beautiful times!
We are so proud to say that our Care Shop on December 16, 2017, was an absolute success!! Thanks so much for donating to our cause and believing in our mission. Special thanks to the hardworking volunteers who gave their time and hearts to a full day of service. Thank you to Park Avenue Thorpe for being such an amazing example of what it means to help others rehabilitate their lives. This year has been a blessing, full of lessons, new friendships, and beautiful opportunities.
As we say goodbye to 2017, we hope that you help us keep The Pop-Up Care Shop alive for years to come. We are currently looking for people to join our team! If you’d like to learn more, please email us. We ask that you also continue to spread the word of our work and support/share our GoFundMe in the coming year.
Thanks again for being so awesome and allowing us to do this once again! Wishing all of you a happy holiday season.
Thank you @laruicci and @pervisrosspr for your support! If you missed our clothing drive, there’s still a chance to donate! Check out this post and our previous one to help grow our Care Shop inventory.
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We are so proud to be working with @upliftstudios for our extended clothing drive. They are accepting women and children’s clothing donations on our behalf from Dec 1-12. So if you’re in NYC and looking for a place to donate clothes and/or take a workout class, you’re in luck! 😊💕