In the middle of Carnaby street in London during the busy Christmas shopping period, a new pop up shop opened with a mission: help refugees.
Choose Love is the world’s first shop where you can buy real products for refugees. From emergency blankets to school bags and medical equipment, you can shop to your heart’s content, leave with nothing, and feel great. All funds raised will go directly to Help Refugees, supporting our work across Europe and the Middle East.
Help Refugees is a pioneering organisation working on the frontline of the refugee crisis in Europe and beyond. Founded in 2015 as part of a grassroots movement of volunteers, in just two years they have become one of the most prominent and effective humanitarian aid organisations working directly with refugees.
Josie Naughton, CEO of Help Refugees, said: “It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have a bed, a blanket and a roof over our heads. For thousands of refugees this winter, these basic human needs are completely out of reach. This shop is all about one simple idea: that we should all Choose Love and help those in need.”
Banksy Boat raffle
Elusive artist Banksy has teamed up with Choose Love and is putting his remote controlled ‘ dream boat’ up for a raffle competition. This coin operated sculpture was created as part of his acclaimed theme park Dismaland. Is it a darkly satirical work of art or a remote control toy in very bad taste? It might be both. It certainly is unique and it could be yours in time for Christmas…
Make a minimum donation of £2 and guess the weight until 22 December here.
The items on sale include emergency blankets, children’s shoes, warm socks, mobile phone credit and more. Costs range from £4.99 to £499 – to ‘buy the store’.
You can also visit the online shop here.
CHOOSE LOVE LONDON
Until January 2019
30-32 Fouberts Place, Carnaby, London, W1F 7PS
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 – 6 pm, Sunday 12 – 6 pm