Mar 20, 2017 06:31 AM EDT

Homeless Receive Aid Through Pop-Up Shop & Care Village

People in need received aid through a street store pop-up shop and pop-up care village in Indianapolis and Austin, respectively, this March.

Indianapolis and Austin were both sites of pop-up projects designed to help individuals in need clean up and get back on their feet. Carmel High School students in Indianapolis held a street store pop-up shop to help simulate a shopping experience for the less fortunate, while a care village was set up by Encast and Lava Mae in Austin.

The street store event organized by Carmel High School students made it possible for people who were homeless to experience what it was like to shop for clothes, shoes, and food. Those who participated could "shop" for products for free, reports The Indy Channel.

The news website added that all of the garments available were donations, which were collected in the fall, and that the street store pop-up managed to help over 200 families. This street store is the third successful pop-up shop that students organized.

Another group in Austin held a similar but bigger project: a pop-up care village. According to My Fox Zone, Encast collaborated with Lava Mae to help Austin's homeless population receive services and products.

The project allowed for people to avail of showers, haircuts, clothing, as well as food in order to allow people to clean up and restore their self-worth and dignity, writes My Fox Zone.

The news website added that it was a way to give back to the community and let them be aware that there were people who cared and wanted to help them. Carmel high school student, Carly Chia, expressed the same sentiment when she told The Indy Channel that it was a good way to give back and make other people happy.

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