Found4Kids finds new home downtown
Found4Kids is back in the business of recycling lost-and-found articles from local schools.
The project, created by Dianne Noble and run by her and some friends, had been housed for free in a vacant storefront at Sahali Mall the last two years but, in early December, mall management advised Noble it had leased the space to a paying tenant and she had to vacate.
Calls went out to friends and colleagues to help find a new location and, within a few days, a friend had contacted the management of Lansdowne Village.
Dawn Surette of Dundee Realty Management Corp., which runs the downtown mall, said “Found4Kids is a worthy cause and plays an important role in the community and we’re happy to be the location of choice for them.”
Noble started the project after seeing the piles of clothing in the lost-and-found bins at her children’s schools, items that remained long after school was finished.
She and other volunteers collect the items after schools have tried to return them to their owners, clean and mend them and then provide them for free to families referred through their schools.
Principals provide referral slips to families, caregivers or students to ensure confidentiality and appointments to visit the store and pick out items are made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available on the project’s website at google.com/site/found4kids.