Why The Giving Boutique Cause Campaign?
The Causes: Homelessness, Poverty and Bullying
According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, 1 in 45 children experience homelessness in America each year. That’s over 1.6 million children. 42 percent are under the age of six, and a third of them are living with single mothers with chronic illnesses.
Every night, more than 200,000 children have no place to live and lack basic necessities such as food and clothing. Homeless children and youth face a number of problems. These include developmental problems, abuse and neglect, lack of effective education, food and clothing among others.
In school one of the top three reasons kids are bullied according to StopBullying.gov is because of their clothing and shoes. 77 percent of students have admitted to being the victim of one type of bullying or another. Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience: depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness and d
- ecreased academic achievement.
The Goal: According to EPA statistics, Americans threw away approximately 790,000 tons of footwear and apparel in 2011. The goal of our Giving Boutique is to provide homeless and near homeless children and families with clothing, accessories hygiene items, and other essentials including socks, shoes and underwear.We aim to recycle and give back to homeless youth, person to person.
The goal of the “Giving Boutique” is to provide a unique shopping-spree experience for over 3,000 homeless youth. Families will be able to shop in a boutique pop-up shop with amenities including: cupcakes, beverages, friendly staff, fitting rooms, furniture and the overall boutique shopping experience. The “Giving Boutique” will also feature an accessories counter, and a Health & Beauty Shop filled with donated items from beauty and hair brands. While youth and their families shop they will enjoy live music, food by the bite and will be given A-list treatment by celebrities who will serve as their sales associates. Most importantly we will change lives, allowing for many the first time in years to pick out, try on their items and take them home in shopping bags. All items will be free of charge and youth and family participants will get to choose between 3-5 outfits and accompanying accessories.
BCG is pleased to announce that we have selected five cities to set up pop-up ‘Giving Boutique’ store, 2014 selected cities include: Houston, TX, Miami, FL, Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC (Maryland and Virginia) and Los Angeles, CA. We need volunteers in each city if you or your nonprofit or group are interested please complete the BCG contact form and we will get in touch with you. Also if you know of a near homeless low-income family in need not located in this one of our five cities, please let us know we will gladly send to them a care package of clothing items free of charge.
We would love your support and we hope the “Giving Boutique” appeals to your desire to give back and that your excitement level is as high as ours in regards to changing lives! ~ The BCG Team