Great Pretenders, a local costume and accessories business out of Point Edward, Ontario, has generously stepped up to assist with filling Noelle's Gift Closets across LKDSB schools in an attempt to give back this holiday season, contributing $1200 worth of necessities. The business also donated 105 costumes and 100 bags of accessories to the annual “Winter Fun Day" hosted by Noelle's Gift in November.
“Our business is focused around enriching the lives of children and we had been looking for a way that we could give back to local children in a meaningful way," stated Carina Best, HR Manager of Great Pretenders. “When we connected with LKDSB and had the opportunity to hear more about Noelle's Gift and all of the ways they directly support students in so many unique ways, we knew right away this was the partnership we were looking for."
The Gift Closets are located in elementary and secondary schools across Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent and are stocked with everyday essential needs specific to their school population.
“In our closets we have items ranging from spare clothing, hats and mittens, winter boots, basic hygiene items like deodorant and toothpaste, snacks, take-home meal options, spare backpacks, and the list goes on," explains Kristin Murray, LKDSB Vice Principal, “They are a great way for students to access what they need, when they need it, and in a manner which is discreet and doesn't single anyone out."
Noelles Gift provided over $158,000 to both Lambton Kent District School Board and St. Clair Catholic District School Boards in 2022, over $208,000 so far in 2023, and has also gifted an additional $90,000 to the Student Nutrition Program.
For additional information contact:
John Howitt, Director of Education, (519) 336-1500 Ext 31297
For reference information contact:
Caress Lee, Public Relations Officer, (519) 336-1500 Ext 31262