A “Solidarity Closet” (Roupeiro Solidária) set up near the Pingo Doce supermarket at Mar Shopping Algarve in Loulé has collected over 5,300 clothing items in aid of five charities in the Algarve.
The items have already been delivered to the following institutions: G.A.T.O Projeto Housing First (drug addiction support and social integration); Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa (Portuguese Red Cross) in Loulé-Faro; Associação de Apoio à Vítima (victim support) in Loulé; CASA Centro de Apoio aos Sem Abrigo (homeless support); and Refúgio Aboim Ascensão (children’s home) in Faro.
Clothes and shoes were donated by shoppers who were encouraged to get rid of any items they no longer used in the name of charity.
Says Mar Shopping Algarve, this campaign had a “very strong community spirit” and was a “way of raising awareness about the importance to give a new life to used items while helping those who need them the most”.
Transport company Bedriven picked up and delivered the clothes to the institutions.
The initiative was part of a larger campaign created by Ingka Centres, which manage the Mar Shopping Algarve and Mar Shopping Matosinhos shopping centres in Portugal. Called “Love your Stuff for Longer”, the campaign aims to promote “a more sustainable and conscious lifestyle”.