Second life found for used purses

Debbie Kennedy came up with the idea of filling used purses with items for women in need.

All of the purses were filled with items for women in need.

All of the purses were filled with items for women in need.

Purses go out of style quickly and it isn’t long before they’re taking up space.

So why not put them to good use and give others the chance of having a good handbag?

Debbie Kennedy, at Ridge Meadows Hospital, recently came up with the idea of filling used purses with items for women in need and posted it on Facebook.

The response was encouraging. After working in partnership with Annika Polegato, with Alouette Addictions Services, more than 50 purses were collected.

Then Kathy Hayer and Colleen Ewen showed up and brought in another 30 purses. All of the purses were filled with items for women in need.

“We live in an amazing community filled with compassionate people – the holiday spirit is alive and well in Maple Ridge. A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this project,” said Polegato.