A new concept aimed to help families with financial problems has been developed in Romania. 12 empty shops will open across the country. The shops will be completely empty and people can donate clothes that will be donated to families.
The first Empty Shop was opened in Bucharest at the Mall Promenada which is hoping to collect 20 tons of clothes in 2 weeks. The project is coordinated in partnership with “Let’s do it, Romania” NGO. The organizers stated that hundreds of thousands of people visit shops and malls across to country to shop or to relax. Now, people will be able to also donate clothes to help other families who cannot afford the luxury of buying new clothes.
Around 50 volunteers are working to sort the clothes to donate them to 1,000 families from Maramures, Neamt, Iasi, Constanta, Targu Jiu, Calarasi and Ialomita. The campaign also aims to reduce waste and to educate people. Last year the campaign has raised 7 tons of clothes, toys and furniture which were all donated to 850 children and their families. The clothes will be donated to communities where there is a high school abandonment.
The empty shops can be found in City Park Constanța, Shopping City Timișoara, Shopping City Galați, Brăila Mall, Shopping City Piatra Neamț, Ploiești Shopping City, Shopping City Deva, Aurora Shopping Mall (Buzău), Shopping City Târgu Jiu, Severin Shopping Center, Shopping City Râmnicu Vâlcea, Shopping City Sibiu.