Students from various Santa Clarita high schools created a “pop-up shop” in Valencia Saturday in an effort to help people in need.Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.
Santa Clarita high school students organized their ‘store’, branded as “The Oasis”, much like a regular department store, with separate sections for clothing, perishable foods and toiletries.
Each ‘customer’ is greeted at the door by a student, who then acts as a personal guide through the store, offering assistance and guidance in collecting items and packing them up.
“We wanted to provide a personalized experience,” said organizer Joel Yoon, a senior at West Ranch High School.
The event was organized largely by word of mouth, with Yoon and 35 other high school students from several Santa Clarita schools gathering over 1,600 pieces of donated clothing.
The students were inspired by changes to the Santa Clarita municipal code passed in June, which prevent people from from camping, setting up shelters or sleeping in public areas. Yoon found this change to be unfair.
“They’re trying to keep the things that aren’t awesome off the streets of ‘Awesometown’,” said Yoon. “But there aren’t enough resources here to support them, the homeless shelter had the money they were expecting taken from them just this week.”
Bridge to Home, the nonprofit organization that manages the homeless shelter in Santa Clarita, was shocked to receive news that the grant it was counting on to try an extend the Winter Shelter was canceled earlier this month.
However, city and county officials were able to help secure enough funding to support a year-round shelter at Bridge to Home for 2019 on Friday, according to officials.
Yoon indicated that he and the other students would be interested in making “The Oasis” a yearly event.
“It’s really important that we help all these people as a community, especially when there are no official resources.” said Yoon.
The pop-up store is planned to be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at Global Prep Academy at 23110 Cinema Drive, No. 105.
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