Pack The Purse was created 3 years ago, when a young lady who had been a success story of The Florence Crittenton Home saw a need in her community.  That need was to give local residents a supply of toiletries they could carry around in a gently used purse.  In that way, both their hygiene and sense of dignity could be preserved. 

This Project is housed at Tricounty Family Ministries, located at Cherokee Place United Methodist Church, along with a other services they offer.  Although it is part of their overall giveaway of goods at Christmas time, it continues throughout the year as ladies can bring their purse to get refills.

The Hat Ladies have been part of this Project from the beginning.  When the Lady who started it moved away, we took charge.  The collection of supplies begins early summer and continues up until the first weekend in December.  Organizations that supplement those of The Hat Ladies are listed at the end of the photos.

This Project has expanded to the point that it takes place over 3 days:  One day to SORT, the next day to PACK...followed by the 3rd day: to DISTRIBUTE It involves a massive effort on our part...worth every minute.

Day 1: SORTING, under the Direction of Pat, Organizer Extraordinaire

Pat adjusts one of the table signs





Sheila, Neferttie


Renee, Joan


Jakae, Gail

Carolyn, Sheila

Eileen, Susan, Pat



Deana, Eileen, Susie


Judy, Teri


Teri, Judy, Pat

Teri, Judy

Pat, Jakae


Joan, Gail

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