Nonprofit opens free shop in Lansing Mall for the underserved community

LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – Against All Odds is a nonprofit that supports cancer survivors, the homeless, and underserved communities. They are opening a store called Lillian’s on Lansing Mall to offer free purchases to those eligible for help.

Sisters Autumn Houser and Elizabeth Wandell are both single mothers. They said shopping at Lillian would help them get back on their feet.

“I didn’t even have a tree. I had no money for a tree or gifts. That’s the only way I can celebrate Christmas this year, ”said Houser. “The pandemic has hit us really hard and we are trying to use everything we can with help.”

Shirley Carter-Powell, the owner of Lillian’s, said when they open their doors on Saturday they encourage people to donate all year round, not just during the holidays.

“So many people forget that vacation is just vacation, but life goes on. What happens after the vacation? Then who is there to help? ”Asked Carter-Powell.

Carter-Powell said her items are donated by family and friends, corporate sponsors like Walmart, and other stores in the mall. Almost everything in the store is new. She said the sheer volume of people who needed help drove her to open the store.

“We realized that our need is not just to be a breast cancer support organization and help cancer survivors. What about the families? And we’ve been family from day one, ”said Carter-Powell.

This is not a store that is open to the public, it is just an appointment. To make an appointment you can call 517-303-1817. To donate money or items you can call this number or visit the Against All Odds Foundation official website here.

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