Birch Bay twins seek donated clothes and shoes for homeless

With their bat mitzvahs approaching in May, 11-year-old identical twins Sarah and Amy Aginsky of Birch Bay were looking for a project that would let them give back to the community. They knew they found it when they heard of The Street Store.

Founded in Cape Town, South Africa, to help the homeless, The Street Store supports people all over the world who want to host their own “street store.” Akin to retail shopping, except without the exchange of money, homeless people get to pick three to four items of clothing from the store. Volunteers help them choose the right size and pairings of apparel and shoes.

The twins’ parents were born in Cape Town and their grandparents and relatives still live there.

The twins are collecting shoes and clean, used winter wear for men, women and children that will be distributed to the homeless at Lighthouse Mission from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

Donations can be dropped off until March 6 at Vision Plus locations at Sunset Square, 2520 James St., Ferndale Haggen, and at 1824 Front St. in Lynden.

Bellingham dentist Patrick Coe and Bellingham businesses Signs By Tomorrow and Vision Plus are supporting the effort. Details: Lauren Kramer, 360-306-5695, laurenkramer@hotmail.com.