Heritage Day brings a 'shopping spree' to CT’s homeless people

Advertising agency M&C Saatchi Abel, in partnership with the Haven Night Shelter, is hosting The Street Store event in Green Point on Tuesday.

The Street Store is a pop-up store where the homeless get clothes for free. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - As South Africa celebrates Heritage Day, Cape Town's homeless people are being treated with a shopping spree.

Advertising agency M&C Saatchi Abel, in partnership with the Haven Night Shelter, is hosting The Street Store event in Green Point on Tuesday.

The Street Store is a pop-up store where the homeless get clothes for free.

On the gate at the Haven Night Shelter are hangers made of cardboard with various clothing items.

Men, women and children are queuing patiently for their turn to pick out a few clothing items.

M&C Saatchi Abel’s Maciej De Waal-Dubla said: “It’s about giving back, helping those who don’t have (much) and it’s about the spirit of togetherness.”

Holding a white shopping bag with a bright smile, Gavin Johnson - who has been on the street for more than 10 years - said he was grateful to those who donated the clothing.

“They’re very wonderful; there’s expensive clothes which in here and I can dress decently now. So people can’t undermine me [anymore].”