Unclaimed items become a ‘masterpiece’ for local foster children

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) -- Visitors to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro got a chance to let their inner creative spirit shine while doing something good for local foster children.

The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro is chock full of just about everything you can think of. Items that were unclaimed wait for new owners.

The kaleidoscope of various things come from exactly where the name suggests - unclaimed baggage. So, you can imagine the center has quite a few suitcases, and they're putting some of them to good use. "We are painting suitcases that will eventually make their way to foster children in the area," Unclaimed Baggage Center Brand Ambassador Brenda Cantrell says.

Only the hard shell suitcases will do, so some hit the floor to be sold and this weekend and others are becoming a canvas for a masterpiece.

All of the suitcases, now turned art projects, will stay local and Unclaimed Baggage has done this program at various places around the community for the last several years.

For the Unclaimed Baggage Center staff it's a way of making something unclaimed become a treasure. "A lot of times when children are removed from their homes, a lot of times it's shopping bags or something like that, if they get to carry their belongings at all, so this is just a way to let them know somebody's caring about them," Cantrell says, "They're praying for them, thinking about them, and it's really just a heartwarming opportunity for us to reach out to these children."

Unclaimed Baggage plans to hold the event again on Sunday at Caldwell Park in Scottsboro on Broad Street, near the downtown area. Representatives say they plan to be out there most of the day, weather permitting.