To develop the Giving Boutique campaign in 2013 BlackCelebrityGiving.com interviewed several homeless teens and homeless families living in both Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA. One of the reoccurring things we heard was that many homeless individuals often feel like trash, yes we said trash. It was so sad to hear, many spoke of always receiving donations in garbage bags or grocery bags and, that while grateful, it made them feel hopeless and unwanted. After we did some thinking, we thought how cool would it be if we could give these families and kids a real shopping experience, where items were not thrown on tables or in trash bags, but actually hung up, color coordinated, washed and even new thus came the ‘Giving Boutique’. Since that time, the Giving Boutique, a national new and gently used clothing drive and boutique pop-up shop for homeless youth, has travelled to 17 cities and served over 80 shelters and 5,000 youth!
We reached a milestone of over 1 million items collected for this cause! This year Raheem DeVaughn is bringing the boutique to the city of DC for the 2016 LoveLife Foundation weekend. Here is a list of all the items we're collecting:
Girls and Teen Blouses
Jeans Skirts Tank Tops
Jean Shorts Casual Shorts Sweat Pants Sweat Suits
School Uniforms – Huge Need
Underwear – Huge Need
Socks – Huge Need
Tennis Shoes Sandals
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