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Rebound, Lambton Mall to host Cinderella Project ’boutiques’

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Journal staff

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound will host the 2023 Cinderella Project — providing new and almost-new formal wear to youth in need, at no cost, for prom and graduation — with a new space to hold special ‘boutique days’ for local students.

“Rebound is now ready to announce the exciting news that Lambton Mall has given their Uptown Market space for the project,” a news release stated, adding that the boutique will be open April 12 to 16. “Each youth receives individual assistance from a volunteer personal shopper as they look through the inventory.

“The ultimate goal is to have a positive influence on youth by helping them look and feel great celebrating their accomplishments alongside their peers on these momentous occasions.”

The project was first launched as The Cinderella Story in 2009 by Debbie Anderson, who came up with the idea after an acquaintance in a grocery store line confided her Grade 12 daughter wouldn’t be attending her prom because the family couldn’t afford a dress. A decade later, Rebound took on the project.

Rebound will host a Dress Drive where residents can drop off their formal attire, accessories, shoes at the agency during business hours March 6 to 11.

Drop off donations will also be accepted at the Lambton Mall location on March 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and on March 11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The agency is also looking tor volunteers to support the boutique days in April; positions include registration, personal shoppers, sewing and steaming/organizing.

They’re also seeking donations of prom-related services (hair, makeup, flowers, nails, etc.) and products to gift to youth participating in the Cinderella project.

For more information, email [email protected]

Boutique dates:
Wednesday, April 12, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 13, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, April 14, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday April 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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