Father Fred Foundation Summer Women & Men’s Clothes Pop-Up Shops

Providing essentials like clothes and food can be challenging for some organizations because of COVID-19.  That’s why the Father Fred Foundation in Traverse City is bringing items like clothing, Fatherfredpopupwhich they normally have inside, outside to the general public.  The foundation started with a kids’ summer clothes pop-up shop just a couple of weeks ago and are now transitioning into weekly clothing pop-up shops for women and men.

Sue Bauer, the volunteer coordinator who started the idea for the pop-up shops says the biggest thing people need to realize is that social distancing needs to be kept in mind.  Part of those safety guidelines includes calling ahead.

“You call the foundation and you register for a half-hour time slot.  Out of that half-hour, you get 20 minutes to shop. We’re not going to be monitoring how much you take,” says Bauer.

Since the inside of the foundation is closed to the general public, the outdoor pop-up shops provide an alternative option.  Father Fred plans to have them set for two to three days a week throughout the summer.

“Because we didn’t do our garage sale, a lot of the things that we’re putting out in these pop-ups are garage sale items.  For women’s, I mean we’ve got a lot of very nice garage sale clothes that people will be able to just take,” says Bauer.

You do need to be a resident of the five-county region that the Father Fred Foundation serves which includes: Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Kalkaska Counties.

For more information about the dates and times of the pop-up shops, click here.

You can call the Father Fred Foundation at (231) 947-2055.


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