Allen Chapel AME: Handbags with a Purpose

In coordination with Helping Hearts and Handbags, Inc., an organization with teams in New Jersey, Easton/Allen, PA, Northern Virginia, and Charlotte, NC, the Della B. Greene Missionary Society of Allen Chapel AME Church, Washington, DC, partnered with the Northern Virginia team in order to reach out to the homeless in the District of Columbia area.

The mission of Helping Hearts and Handbags, Inc. is to collect and distribute large new or gently used purses filled with personal care items, to include a personal handwritten note to the women living on the streets or in homeless shelters.

The society received twenty handbags from the Virginia team to distribute in the DC area. The Missionary Society decided to add thirty more, to make a total of fifty handbags to be distributed to the homeless, both on the streets and shelters. Having a purse in which to store their belongings rather than in paper or plastic bags, will help restore dignity and pride to each woman who receives them.

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