This post is in collaboration with Free Store Penn Hills and the At Home Store. I received compensation in exchange for this post, but all opinions are my own.
I remember when I was a kid, I asked myself all the time, “Why do we have to pay for the things we need?” I thought that if we need food, shelter and clothing to live a decent life, we shouldn’t have to pay for those things. Doesn’t everyone need them? So, why wouldn’t we just make sure basic necessities are available to all? In my opinion, making sure that everyone has what they need to live is a basic right every human being deserves.
Nonetheless, this is not the reality we live. But many of us are still fighting the good fight to provide people with the resources they need and deserve. Currently, past and present Penn Hills residents are trying to do just that and working to eradicate suburban poverty by opening Free Store Penn Hills–a consignment store without price tags for neighbors in need.
My blogger buddy Heather, over at DiaryofaFirstTimeMom.com, is heading the initiative to open a Free Store that will distribute clothes, toiletries, books, book bags, clothing, diapers, home décor, luggage/purses, school supplies, school uniforms, toiletries, toys and games for Pittsburgh families in need. The Free Store, located in the Lincoln Park Community Center, will host a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, November 19th at 10 a.m.
Shoppers from across Allegheny County and elsewhere are welcome. On Saturdays, the store will host the Confident Kids Craft Club and interactive and educational workshops for families, such as financial literacy programs and breastfeeding information sessions.
Deborah McKenzie, a leader of Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, serves on the board and is painting a mural at the Free Store. My family donated wood to help Deborah build a bookshelf. At Home, a retail destination that allows customers to affordably turn their house into a home, sponsored the beautiful store design, creating a warm, welcoming space for children and families. Luca Paganico Designs serves as the interior design consultant on the project. Together, we’re working to ensure people have what they need to grow and thrive.
In addition to being a store with a heart, At Home has a rich, home décor heritage of inspiring families to create a home that reflects their unique personality and style, both inside and out.
So, if your kids need coats, uniforms, socks or shoes, be sure to visit the Free Store in Penn Hills. They are looking out for us, so look out for them by donating your gently used items. Here are some ways your family can give back to families in need by supporting the Free Store.