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Fill a Purse for a Sister Campaign helps women in crisis

January 5, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The local Fill a Purse for a Sister Campaign provided more than 100 purses to women in crisis in New Tecumseth during the holiday season.

Daniela Torelli, community lead for the local campaign, joined forces with Guild Chiropractic Wellness Centre, which provided the drop-off location for the donated new and gently used purses filled with personal necessities. The purses were delivered to a local crisis agency.

“I can’t thank Dr. Sunyatta Guild enough for her support and her patients that went above a beyond for collecting and dropping off purse donations,” Ms. Torelli said. “A special thanks to Kelly Eagan and her local sorority group, Beta Sigma Phi, who made it their fundraising project for this year, and Melissa Bracciale, who donated over 20 filled purses on behalf of Richland Academy Private School. Together, they were able to collect 100 filled purses with necessity items that will be distributed in our community through The Clothes Line in Alliston by Contact Community Services.”

Contact Community Services provides responsive services in housing, employment, and community support in Simcoe County. The organization also operates The Clothes Line to provide free recycled and gently used clothing and household goods to those in need.

“This is an incredible campaign,” said Emily McIntosh, executive director of Contact Community Services. “We are thrilled to be able to provide a pick-up space and assist with any other clothing or household items women may need. We are grateful to community leaders like Daniela and founder of the campaign, Angel Freedman, for placing their efforts on ensuring every woman has a purse with amenities to tackle the challenges of everyday life.”

The Fill a Purse for a Sister Campaign was founded in 2015 in York Region by social worker, Angel Freedman, a survivor of childhood domestic violence, to provide comfort, support, hope, and dignity to women and youth in crisis.

The Campaign collects more than 10,000 purses annually from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1, which are provided to domestic violence shelters, women’s shelters, rape crisis centres, and social services that support women across Ontario and the country.


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