Vicar’s Internship Project: "Purses With Purpose!"
A message from Vicar Finnecy:
As part of my internship year, I have to design and implement a project. As you’ve heard I am passionate about outreach and helping those who need help. I believe Calvary is full of people who feel the same way. This passion is certainly demonstrated through the Christmas Angels and Calvary Cares programs. To continue giving and helping in ways that are meaningful and empowering, I will be conducting a Book Study on April 3 and April 17. I encourage you to read Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It) by Robert D. Lupton. Recently I shared an idea in a sermon about re-purposing gently used purses; filling them with toiletries (samples, hotel size, travel size), water, non-perishable food items and then giving them to homeless women. Several people have approached me and are very excited about this idea. So in conjunction with the book study, I’m asking Calvary to start “Purses with Purpose!”
Thanks to all who have donated beautiful purses and the many different items for them. We have 23 purses so far!! At the end of this month, Calvary’s high school youth will make sure each purse has items needed by women who are working to get back on track after leaving an abusive environment. Below is a list of the items we put in each purse and how many are still needed. As yet, we have no calendars or planners (smaller ones are better) and these are very important. If you would like to make a monetary donation, we will do the shopping! The program manager with whom Vicar is working feels it is important for the purses to have roughly the same contents for consistency.
Items still needed: small calendars/planners (quantity needed: 23); small notebooks (14); pens (20); standard post-its (8); travel-size toothbrush (16); travel-size toothpaste (15); hand lotion (12); mouthwash (19); breath mints (17); dental floss (21); combs (3); chapstick (3).
You may drop off donations in the Narthex or church office. Again, thank you for helping make Purses with Purpose a successful service project.
A Note from Rebecca Nussbaum, Domestic Violence Program Manager, Community Resource Center: “The participants love the purses. We have provided them to each participant when they arrive in the program on their first day. They have shared that it is a comfort to know that they are provided for and that someone cares. We are so grateful for this effort and the support of Calvary Lutheran Church.”