Area residents invited to Fill a Purse for a Sister

Township residents are once again invited to take part in the Fill a Purse for a Sister campaign.

The initiative, now in its sixth year, collects donations of purses, backpacks and handbags filled with essential items.

“This campaign is dedicated to providing comfort to women through the collecting and sharing of new and gently used purses filled with personal necessities,” reads a post on its Facebook page.

“Purses collected for the Fill A Purse For A Sister Campaign are distributed to local shelters, social agencies and crisis centres.”

The area campaign was launched by Angel Freedman, a Markham-based social worker and founder of Angel’s Garage — a charity that distributes used clothing to people in need. In 2019 alone, more than 10,000 purses were donated and distributed to shelters across the GTA.

This year’s campaign runs until Dec. 1.

“Purses should be gently used and previously loved, or new. Please do not donate purses that are worn out, soiled, or ripped,” reads the donation guidelines.

“Contents can include items such as an encouraging note, feminine hygiene products, tissues, shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a hair brush, gloves, a hat, a scarf, lip balm, makeup, a coffee shop gift card, a notepad, a pen, a book/magazine, a whistle, flashlight, gum etc.”

In Brock Township, donations can be dropped off at REMAX Country Lakes Realty in Beaverton, the Nourish and Develop Foundation in Cannington, Doggity Do and Country Loonies in Sunderland, the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Brechin and Allie D’s Restaurant in Kirkfield.

In the last two years, local donations to the campaign have surpassed 300.

For more information, click HERE.

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