YMM Passengers’ Discarded Items Benefit Pets & Wellness Society

November 7, 2023

Lost and Surrendered Items Sale Educates Public and Raises Funds

Fort McMurray, AB – In October, the Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA) held a Lost and Surrendered Items Sale for the first time in five years. The items included in the sale had been surrendered by passengers unable to take them through YMM’s security checkpoint, and lost items that were never claimed.

The sale took place over three days in the available leasing space on Departures Level 2 at the Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM). There was a line-up of eager buyers waiting for the doors to open each day. Every item was priced at just two dollars. Freezer bags full of scissors or lighters, as well as power tools, luggage, iPads, phone chargers – all sold for just a twoonie. 

“A grand total of $4,400 was raised through the sale in support of the Pets & Wellness Society Wood Buffalo (PAWS),” says Cuyler Green, Vice-President of Operations & Infrastructure, FMAA. PAWS is a local organization that brings pets and people together for comfort, interaction, stimulation, and joy in safe and relaxing atmospheres.

Program Manager Charity Wiles says the donation to PAWS is invaluable, “We are so grateful for the partnership we have established with YMM. Our pet therapy teams love visiting staff and passengers regularly. The funds will be used to recruit and train new members. Thanks to YMM, you’ll be able to find even more pet therapy teams serving our community and greeting travellers at YMM.”

“These sales serve as an important reminder of prohibited items,” says Green. When in doubt of which items are prohibited in a carry-on, one can reference Transport Canada’s prohibited items list.

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Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) is owned and operated by the Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA), connecting the world to Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo. FMAA is a community-based, non-share capital organization. The airport is a major economic driver for the region, with an economic output of over $354 million and supporting over 70 businesses on airport campus and approximately 900 jobs.

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