Pack A Purse

PACK-A-PURSE  Annual Holiday Drive

 

SUPPORT TEEN GIRLS IN FOSTER CARE

JaMai has organized her Annual Pack-A-PurseHoliday Drive to collect purses and personal care items for teenage girls in group homes, shelters, and the foster care system.  The drive begins in November and the purses are delivered before Christmas Day each year.

During her freshman year in high school, she learned that children in foster are often taken from their homes with only the clothes on their backs or that many move from home to home with their personal belonging in garbage bags. JaMai wanted to get involved.  She believed that children deserved better.  As she thought about the things that are her special to her as a teenage girl, she decided to organize a Pack-A-Purse Drive to provide personal care items in purses to teen girls in homeless shelters, group homes, and the foster care system.  This allows the girls to have basic necessities and something of their own that can be used again and again.  

Only new and gently used purses in good condition are accepted.  Trendy and stylish purses are good, but dark, solid colors are best.  Trial size and regular size personal care items/toiletries are accepted.  The Teen Toolbox co-sponsors this annual drive.

Toiletries:

Soap        Deodorant     Shower Caps Toothbrush        
Body Wash Toothpaste  Conditioner   Hair Grease
Bath Salts                          Shampoo  Brush  Mirror                                
Lotion   Comb Hand Sanitizer                  Lip Gloss/Chap Stick        
Mouthwash Facial Cleanser  Tissue Writing Tablet                   
Cosmetics   Nail Polish                          Pens  Calendars 

               

Pack-A-Purse2012

705 purses were collected and donated to 17 organizations:

  • Howard County Department of Social Services Independent Living Program
  • Hearts & Homes For Youth
  • Echelon Community Services
  • DC Family & Youth Initiative
  • A Step Closer Foundation (She Matters)
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  • Covenant House Washington
  • Ionnia Whipper Home
  • Anne Arundel County Systems of Care
  • The Children’s Home in Catonsville
  • Rica in Baltimore
  • Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Independent Living Program
  • Sarah’s House
  • Courtney’s House
  • Child and Family Services Administration
  • Coalition of Adoption Programs
  • Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center

 

Pack-A-Purse 2011

735  purse were collected and donated to:

  • Shepherd’s Cove Homeless Shelter
  • Howard County Department of Social Services Independent Living Program
  • Hearts & Homes For Youth
  • Echelon Community Services
  • DC Family & Youth Initiative
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy Mentoring Program
  • Entrepreneurs Success Builder’s Network
  • St. Stephen’s Missionary Baptist Church
  • The WrightVision Foundation
  • A Step Closer Foundation (She Matters)
  • Petworth Family
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  • Covenant House Washington
  • Ionnia Whipper Home
  • Second Genesis
  • Anne Arundel County Systems of Care
  • KidsPeace
  • The Children’s Home in Catonsville
  • Rica in Rockville
  • Waxter Children’s Center
  • Mountain Manor Residential Facility
  • Success In Style
  • Daughters of Destiny
  • Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Independent Living Program

 

Pack-A-Purse™ 2010

130 purses packed with toiletries, 16 unfilled purses, and 24 cosmetic bags were donated to:

  • Kid Save
  • Shepherd’s Cove Homeless Shelter
  • Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Independent Living program

 

Pack-A-Purse 2009

78 purses packed with toiletries and 64 unfilled purses were donated to:

  • Kid Save
  • Shepherd’s Cove Homeless Shelter
  • Success In Style
  • Prince George’s County Department of Social Service Independent Living Program

 

Pack-A-Purse™ 2008

38 purses packed with toiletries were donated to:

  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  • My Sister’s Place
  • Shepherd’s Cove Homeless Shelter

 

Pack-A-Purse™ 2007

37 purses and 1 tote bag filled with toiletries were donated to:

  • My Sister’s Place
  • Shepherd’s cove Homeless Shelter
  • Suited For Change

 

Contact us to donate at info@theteentoolbox.com

Donations may be mailed to: The Teen Toolbox, LLC, Pack A Purse Drive, PO Box 6368, Columbia, MD 21045

 

 The Maids of MD co-sponsors Pack A Purse 2011