CareMart offers retail therapy to help needy

by: Adrienne Leon Updated:

Dozens of supporters spent the weekend helping metro Atlanta's less fortunate by stocking up on high-end retail for a low price.
ATLANTA —

Dozens of supporters spent the weekend helping metro Atlanta's less fortunate by stocking up on high-end retail for a low price.

Customers bought clothes, shoes and other accessories at the VIP CareMart. Atlanta nonprofit Caring for Others hosted the event Saturday at its site on Browns Mill Road.

Proceeds benefit recipients of the organization's long list of community programs, including emergency food assistance, rent/utility assistance, teen parenting support and catastrophic relief.

Although CareMart is open for customers daily, the VIP shopping experience is geared to an affluent clientele that shares a goal to give back.

"The VIP CareMart is our inaugural event, which we hope to do seasonally to raise awareness about our programs," said organization official Reporscha Taylor.

Few people were seen leaving with just a handful of items. Many filled bag loads of shirts, shoes, handbags and suits. Some even grabbed merchandise for their friends or just people they feel could use a helping hand.

"It's a great opportunity to find quality products while supporting a great cause," said Decatur resident Rick Kern, sorting through a stack of Ralph Lauren shirts.

"The quality of the clothes is awesome and the selection is great," added Smyrna resident Arielle Haskins, raving about the deals she found on dresses.

Caring for Others founder Eslene Richmond-Shockley said she was pleased with the turnout. She also thanked those who donated the assortment of merchandise that drew customers across metro Atlanta.

"It's overwhelming because the needs are so great. I'm honored that people took time out to support a cause such as this," Richmond-Shockley said.

She emphasized that the organization she founded 12 years ago is all about helping others, a mission she plans to continue for many years to come.

Click here to learn more about Caring for Others.