Country music star Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley were on a trip to Santa Barbara, California last Thanksgiving. Their two kids, Huck, 11, and Jasper, 9, were acting up, and they wanted to teach them about being thankful and giving back. So they took them to the Unity Shoppe, a year-round “Free” grocery, and clothing store with a mission of helping people “shop with dignity for their basic needs.”
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The Paisleys may not have expected it, but they were so inspired by what they saw that they knew they had to bring the concept to their home in Nashville, Tennessee. They teamed up with Belmont University, which is Brad’s alma mater, to find the perfect location in the heart of Nashville’s bustling 12 South district.
Now they are raising funds at thestore.org, and if they achieve their goals, they plan to open next year. They need to raise a total construction target of $1.2 million but will accept donations as little as $10.
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The famous singer says it’s all about giving those down on their luck some dignity as they get back on their feet.
“There’s choice and there’s dignity. It’s like walking through a small grocery store and picking out the food that you need for your family,” explained Brad.