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Local Homeless Housing Initiative Expands Community Outreach Web 2.0 Style. ‘highJinx Ottawa’ Partners with to Generate Online Participation to Help Furnish Homes for Those in Need

Ottawa, ON. – January 24, 2012 is proud to offer a dedicated online destination to help ‘highJinx Ottawa’ generate donations of used furniture from the UsedOttawa community. UsedOttawa users are encouraged to post items for sale and earmark the proceeds to highJinx Ottawa’s initiatives which help the homeless and vulnerable (including seniors and the working poor).

The idea is a win-win for Ottawa residents who can clear out their basements and garages by selling used things they no longer need with the proceeds of these sales going to a good cause. UsedOttawa users can also donate used furniture directly to highJinx and these items will be utilized to help furnish homes for the homeless. Details on how to participate are posted on highJinx’s dedicated page on

“Our users are historically very active in their local communities so this is an excellent fit for us to work with an organization that transforms other people’s used goods into useful items that can change lives,” says Jordan Kent-Baas Marketing Coordinator. “We have an Ottawa Community Angel program in place where our local staff seeks out organizations like highJinx for us to support.”

Leigh Reid and Karen Nielsen who opened the highJinx Ottawa store in early 2011 have helped to facilitate furnished housing for 90 Ottawa residents and counting. They use the proceeds from selling donated furniture and they refurbish furniture to create living spaces for those in need.

“Our goal is to collect used items and reinvent them into the key pieces that make a house a home,” says Leigh Reid co-founder of High Jinx Ottawa. “Everything we collect is sold at our local retail location with the net profits going directly to housing the homeless in Ottawa.”

highJinx also assists families with the transition of downsizing and helps people find hidden gems in their basements and garages so these items can be used to raise funds for their homeless initiatives.

For more information please visit highJinx’s page on and please see this blog post from UsedOttawa’s Jordan Kent-Bass: .



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