10 Sep '17, 3pm

How a handbag can make a difference to women fleeing domestic abuse

A group of Tri-City women is giving hope back to women fleeing abusive situations with a charity project called Handbags of Hope. It’s a simple idea: Collect purses and toiletries, and give them to women living in the shelter run by Tri-City Transitions. By giving out handbags filled with necessary items such as deodorant, toothpaste and soap, the local members of the Canadian Royal Purple Society believe they can help women leaving domestic violence situations get back on their feet, even though some have left their homes with nothing but their children and the clothes on their back. “These are small things but could really make a difference,” said Wendy McAlpine, holding up a bag of cotton balls, Q-Tips and a make-up sponge. For the past few weeks, the Royal Purple group has been partnering with the Shaughnessy Station branch of Vancity Credit Union in Port Coquitlam. So...

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