SLG Volunteers to Help Pack Kits for Youth
During this season of giving, St. Louis Group is proud to be a partner with Project Purse and CHIP in the effort to make homelessness short-lived in Indianapolis, especially for our youth. St. Louis Group took the time on Halloween, dressed in our costumes, volunteering to pack purses and hygiene packs with Project Purse Indianapolis. Project Purse is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to support young ladies and women by providing everyday necessities packed lovingly in a purse. Project Purse Indianapolis provides for ladies (as well as some men) of all types and situations. The #PowerOfThePurse lies in its’ contents: toiletries, beauty items, feminine & oral hygiene products, first aid and more is thoughtfully packed into each purse while the carrier feels empowered by having access to these items in a like-new handbag. Each donation given by Project Purse Indianapolis also contains a handwritten note from woman-to-woman with words of home, affirmation, and courage. They pack and donate to people experiencing trauma, homelessness, illness, women and girls in low-income areas, those who are recovering from natural disasters, previously incarcerated women, and others.
Our office collected donations of hygiene materials and packed about 75 purses and kits total. These kits went to the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) of Indianapolis for their youth count event held this month. The purses and kits were packed with essential hygiene products and include a note written by members of our staff with words of empowerment and encouragement. They were distributed to the youth that attended the event held in Indianapolis. The youth count works to connect youth in our area who are experiencing homelessness to services that aid them in improving their situations, and, hopefully, get them housed quickly. This event is also an opportunity to get a sense of how many youths in Indianapolis are experiencing homelessness so that our service agencies are better equipped to handle and alleviate these situations.
We are thankful that our community has organizations working to help our neighbors in times of need, and we are happy to be part of the solution and volunteer in this way. We encourage those that are interested to visit their sites to learn more about the important work that is being done in our city.