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Adopt-A-Grad program looking for new coordinator

Brenda Johnson has been helping grads make it to prom for over a decade, and now she would like pass on the tradition to someone else.

Johnson, owner of Golden Buddha in downtown Kamloops, began the Adopt-A-Grad program 12 years ago, loaning dresses, suits, shoes, makeup, and more to graduates for their big day.

<who> Photo Credit: KamloopsBCNow </who> Brenda Johnson.

The store has become quite popular with the students, especially during grad time.

“It’s as busy as can be. I’ve probably got 20 students already signed up this year,” said Johnson. “People say they are busy getting one grad ready – I sometimes do 25.”

Because of the growing popularity and increasing business and family commitments, Johnson said she would like to pass on the tradition to someone else.

“I am bombarded and it’s really time consuming,” she said. “I want to find someone I can mentor next year and let them take over.

“I have a lot of gowns and tuxedos and things. I’m trying to limit down the sizes now and I’ll donate them.”

The back of the store is filled with dresses and suits, waiting to be worn by upcoming grads. Johnson works with the schools and counsellors to find the right students for the program. If approved, students leave a $10 deposit with Johnson, go to grad with the rentals, and return the clothing.

“I’ve had girls twirling down the street saying they feel like a princess. I’ve had parents come to me and tell me how much they appreciate it because their child didn’t feel singled out or that they didn’t fit in,” said Johnson.

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If she can find the right candidate, this may be Johnson’s last year running the program.

“My middle son was graduating and I realized I was in a lucky position. I had just lost my husband not long before then, but I was still able to look after my kids and make sure they had everything they needed,” recalled Johnson. “Out of gratitude, I thought I would help one of his classmates … we did 17 students that year.

“They worked for 13 years to get to where they are. They deserve to go along with their classmates and celebrate.”

Along with hair, makeup, and photography services, Johnson is currently looking for grad dresses size 18 and up and men’s dress shoes.

Those interested in participating or donating can contact Johnson at 250-374-1578.






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