Annual DTES Street Store 8.0 Calls For Donation Items

A free, outdoor pop-up holiday shopping event for people experiencing homelessness, the annual Vancouver Street Store 8.0 by Employ to Empower returns this year and is set to become the largest in its eight-year history.

With 75% of the homeless population being men — this year, the community has expressed a need for more men’s items. Items in need include warm winter jackets, men’s and women’s clothing (specifically pants), men’s winter boots, backpacks, blankets, sleeping bags, winter accessories (hats, gloves, scarves), and toiletries in good condition. Summer clothes, children’s clothes, used undergarments, hotel-sized toiletries, books, and household items will not be accepted.

Donors are asked to drop off their new or gently used items on Saturday, November 27; and Saturday, December 4; from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 41 East Hastings. Donors are asked to stay in their cars and wait for volunteers to help remove items in order to limit touchpoints.

Donation Drop-Off Dates:
Saturday, November 27, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donation Drop-Off Location:
41 East Hastings, Vancouver, V6A 1M9

Those interested in volunteering on the Street Store event day — Saturday, December 11, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — can sign up through the link below and select from four different time shifts. Other ways to get involved in the initiative include becoming a Donation Champion, or making fund donations to help cover the expenses for venue, event equipment, operation costs, and ETE programming.

Website: https://employtoempower.com/

Fund donations: https://employtoempower.com/donate-to-employ-to-empower-foundation/

Donation Champion Sign-Up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScKbvRKX7uSDz9BFj9PeeoA_fhkuHM…

Volunteer registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCVBVJ5TyKeSt7u-twfa0HGqy8-DP…