When leaving a domestic violence situation, women and their children head for safety with very little – often just the clothes on their back.
Andrea Clarke, owner of Law Offices of Andrea Clarke, began an initiative in 2019 to provide women living at Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey with some of the essentials they would need to get back on their feet.
The drive, dubbed Pack a Purse, asks residents to find a new or gently used purse and fill it with essential items a woman might need. Items might include toiletries, makeup, deodorant, a wallet and other items women typically keep in their handbag.
The first year of the project, Clarke said she hoped to get about a dozen purses and instead more than 50 were donated. The donations slowed down somewhat last year, likely due to the pandemic, and she hopes to collect at least a couple of dozen bags before the deadline at the end of November.
All bags will be turned over to Women’s House for distribution. Clarke says the donation is a simple way to be kind and help out others.
“These women have to start all over again,” she said. “Do your little bit if you can.”
The filled purses can be dropped off at Clarke’s office, on the upper level of 278 Lambton Street in Kincardine, during regular business hours.
Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent