BENEFITING: HANDBAGS OF HOPE
Handbags of Hope is a unique organization. Our passion is Empowering women escaping an abusive situation. As women we know how important a woman’s purse is to our everyday life, we could consider it a third arm. One of our earliest childhood lessons is not to go in Mom’s purse; we learn how personal this item is. This is what we do; give back this very important possession to women who have few personal items to call their own. Each purse has 10 purse necessities added to it creating a functional handbag. Our purses are gifted to a variety of D.V. shelters and programs. We gift roughly 2,000 bags a year, a little over 17,000 in 9 years. Bringing Awareness to Domestic Abuse is a large part of our advocacy. Focusing on the mental, financial and verbal abuse that lives in our neighborhoods every day. Most times when people hear the words D.V. their minds immediately go to the physical. Truthfully seldom is the abuse physical, generally not until he thinks she’s leaving. It’s all about power and control. Unfortunately 3 women will die today from an abuser, but how many hundreds live in silence. We believe you can’t Break the Silence from behind a desk. HandBags of Hope is run by two women and a host of volunteers , hope and prayers. We depend 90% on donations of products. from Purses to the Filler items. Much of our support comes from churches, schools, businesses and corporations hosting Drives for us. Our funding comes from our own personal fundraising efforts, fundraising from businesses and companies and personal funds. Our most popular and successful ways to raise funds is called “Gifting a Handbag”. All purses are prefill and ready to be gifted. Donors “Gift “one for $10 and the purse is given to a woman or teen in a program. . . We encourage donors to write a personal message, inspiring quote or prayer. This started after I received a Thank you from a woman saying such a note was in her purse. She keeps it there so every time she reaches in she knows there’s a little love on the bottom. When you support HandBags of Hope know you are a Voice for those to afraid to use their own. You have given a gift to a lady who is making her way back to independence. To some its just a purse to them it’s a Handbag of Hope. Thank You from the bottom of our purse.....