EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally ran on Nov. 16, 2023.
There is still time to help make a difference in the live of women in our community.
According to organizer of the local Fill a Purse for a Sister campaign Joyce Sharkey, generous residents have been stepping up - but not at the levels of previous years.
And the Dec. 2 deadline is fast approaching.
“It might just be a result of the way things are,” Sharkey said of the current economic challenges many families are facing.
This is the fifth year the campaign has run locally; last year, the group managed to deliver 358 purses, bags and backpacks stuffed with useful items to local agencies in time for Christmas.
“Last year, we had over $1,000 in cash/gift cards, which allowed us to buy diapers and baby needs for Shifra Homes, and warm items, deodorant, soap and shampoo, etc. for the purses,” noted Sharkey.
Currently, she says, they have many empty purses on hand - and more are welcome - but some are waiting to be filled.
Items they are looking for include feminine hygiene products, gum, shampoo, toothbrushes, hair brushes, lip balm, scarves, mitts, socks and hair clips. Gift cards to local stores are also welcome, to help purchase items.
Those who donate are also encouraged to include a personal note of support and encouragement.
Sharkey is joined by team members in all corners of the city who can arrange to pick up or accept items:
- Downtown Burlington: Dianne, [email protected]
- Mapleview - Joyce, [email protected]
- Aldershot - Angie, [email protected]
- Millcoft - Carla, [email protected]
- Nelson Park - Lucy, [email protected]
- Palmer/Headon - Christine, [email protected]
- Oakville - Cathay, [email protected]
- Hamilton Mountain - Julie, [email protected]
All donations must be in by Dec. 2, as the purses will be distributed to local women’s shelters and charities Dec. 4 and 5.