SpareFoot, an online marketplace for self-storage consumers, has thrown its support behind an initiative called The Street Store to provide clothing to the homeless population in the company’s home-base of Austin, Texas. SpareFoot will co-host the event in partnership with the Central Presbyterian Church at 200 E. Eighth St. on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a press release.
The idea is to create a store environment in which local homeless can select free clothing and shoes donated by the community. “The goal is to help bring dignity back into the lives of our homeless population and hopefully ensure that nobody in this city has to go another day without a shirt on their back or shoes on their feet,” SpareFoot employee Storie Cunningham said on the company’s blog. Cunningham brought the initiative to SpareFoot’s attention after viewing a YouTube video.
Founded in January 2014, The Street Store initiative held its first “pop-up” shop in South Africa. The Austin event will be the group’s 175th store around the world and second conducted in Texas, according to the release. It will be held in the church’s courtyard. Organizers are currently collecting gently used clothing donations for men and women.
SpareFoot.com helps consumers find and reserve self-storage units, with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. With a network of more than 9,400 storage facilities ranging from mom-and-pop operations to real estate investment trusts, the company reaches prospective storage renters though partnerships with brands including SelfStorage.com and Penske Truck Rental.
- The SpareFoot Blog: SpareFoot-Supported â€˜Storeâ€™ Will Help Clothe the Homeless