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“GIVE A SHIRT” POP-UP SHOP OFFERS CHICAGOANS A MEANINGFUL WAY TO SHOP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WHILE GIVING THE HOMELESS A SPECIAL BOOST

November 27, 2018

Chicago, Nov. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the last 4 years, Daily Planet Productions has teamed with StreetWise and 20 local artists to make hand-screened designer t-shirts and other merchandise to sell. It’s all part of a campaign called Give A Shi*t. 100% of the profits go to StreetWise. To date, Give A Shi*t has donated $75,000 to StreetWise. This year’s line of t-shirts will debut at a pop-up shop on November 29th from 10am to 8pm at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. “People in Chicago are always looking for different ways to give back to those in need and Give A Shi*t offers a chance to buy meaningful holiday gifts for friends and family while supporting the hard-working vendors of StreetWise,” said Scott Marvel, President of Daily Planet Productions. StreetWise helps homeless and at-risk individuals seeking to build a better life with employment opportunities. It provides a dignified means of addressing the crisis of poverty and homelessness, and allows individuals with immediate access to a respectable and legitimate earned income through their own hard work.

Well-known on the streets of Chicago, StreetWise vendors make their own way to the StreetWise office where they pay $0.90 for the magazine they sell for $2.00, making a $1.10 profit on each sale. “This is a great opportunity for StreetWise and our vendors who work at the shop. It extends our mission to ‘give a hand up, not a hand out’ as our vendors work to earn an income at the pop-up store, just as they do each day with their magazine sales” said Julie Youngquist, Executive Director of StreetWise. “We are so fortunate to have found such generous partners at Daily Planet and with local artists who are committed to making a difference in our city.” In addition to being sold at the pop-up shop on November 29th, the shirts can also be purchased online at www.giveashirt.net. Each t-shirt is sold for $25 and there are also tote bags, notebooks, coffee mugs, posters and hand towels for sale.

Julie Youngquist StreetWise 773-819-5614 jyoungquist@streetwise.org

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