“Purses for a Sister”

Group of volunteers in front of purses
 on February 1, 2022
Chris Parsons

For much of November 2021, the parish of St. Paul, Newmarket filled up its rectory rooms with purses for women in need. The initiative, “Purses for a Sister,” gathered new and gently used purses, which were then filled with supplies. Teams of volunteers either brought in purses, or various supplies and toiletry items to fill the purses in what quickly became an assembly line. Around 266 purses were stuffed full of personal products and a few extras. The filled purses were then loaded into a van and delivered by the local police, who volunteered their time to collect and distribute the purses to women’s shelters in the area. St. Paul, Newmarket would like to thank the parishioners and many women from the wider community who we were able to support this outreach ministry.


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