Carrie Rengers

Cricket Alley has Kickstarter campaign for fashion truck

Larissa Freeman, who owns Cricket Alley, A Born-Again Boutique, has been donating consignment and new items that don’t sell at her west-side store to the Wichita Women’s Initiative Network.

“They help women in transition,” Freeman says of women coming out of domestic violence situations.

“It’s gotten to the point I have so much, and I go over there so often, there needs to be an easier way to do this.”

Freeman now has a Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 to buy a utility truck that she can turn into a traveling fashion boutique.

The idea is “don’t just drop a sack off at the door and say, ‘See ya.’”

The former salon owner says she wants to take the truck to women and children at a variety of area shelters and “help change their lives by simple love and care and beauty tips.”

“Just showing them that compassion and love that will boost their self esteem and maybe help them get some confidence back.”

Freeman says she will use the truck as a fashion boutique for customers as well.

“We would have events around town to actually profit as a business so we can sustain using the truck for the ministry,” she says. “We can let them know that, hey, please donate any of your nice clothing … so they can be a part of it.”

Freeman says she’s “excited to be part of something like this.”

“We’re just hoping and praying that we can reach our goal and move forward.”

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