Eden Prairie’s PROP Shop

How one woman realized her dream to help neighbors in need.
Cindy Eddy; PROP Shop

True shoppers love the thrill of the hunt as much as the stuff they bring home, and the PROP Shop in Eden Prairie has a new volunteer opportunity for thrill-seeking shoppers: the Secret Shopper program.

When local families in need are looking for a specific item that isn’t available in PROP’s client room—like a sleeping bag for a fifth-grader going on a school’s camping trip—secret shoppers can volunteer to buy the item and drop it off at the PROP Shop or another drop-off location.

Secret Shoppers get periodic emails requesting items, and they can choose to buy and donate the item by replying to the PROP Shop email and getting confirmation that the item is still needed—participation is always optional. To sign up, email the director of community relations, Amy Nylander, at community@propshopep.org, and she’ll add you to the Secret Shopper list.