If you have purses in your closet that haven’t seen the light of day in a while, some Canadians want to get their hands on them–for a good cause, of course.
Tanya O’Connor, an Ottawa native, started ‘Project Purse‘–an initiative that takes gently used purses, fills them with everyday items such as tampons, toothpaste and lip balms, and drops them off to homeless shelters across Ottawa. When she first put the call out for purses on social media, O’Connor thought getting 50 purses would be considered a success.
“We expected 50 when I started this,” she said to CTV News. “For sure we got over 300, if not double that.”
This past weekend, O’Connor and her helpers stuffed the purses and delivered them to many shelters across their city. To say she’s more than overwhelmed with the support is an understatement.
“So by my estimate we will be donating over 400 packed purses to the shelters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of in my life,” she said on Facebook. “I hope I didn’t cry too much today. I cannot say it enough how absolutely amazing you all are for what you have done.”
Now, Ottawa isn’t the only city that’s found such a sweet way to reuse unwanted purses. A group in Toronto called ‘Bunz Bags Toronto‘ is doing much of the same thing. The first meet-up was a success, with 20 bags being donated to local shelters and they plan to continue it throughout the year.
If you live in neither of these cities and would still like to participate, it’s best to contact shelters in your city and find out what items they’re most in need of.