ATLANTIC CITY — This Mother’s Day, one group is hoping to deliver a “packed purse” to homeless women and women in need around the city.
Princess Inc., a nonprofit that fosters mentoring, education, empowerment and community service for girls, will lead Saturday’s effort, which the group is calling “Pack Your Purse.”
Friends and city residents Indra Owens and Automne Bennett, the founders of the group, said the goal is for the girls and volunteers to pack and distribute handbags filled with essentials to give to women around the city, no matter their circumstances.
“We have 1,000 bags,” said Indra Owens, adding about 200 of them are already fully packed. The group’s original goal was 600.
The group sought donations of new and gently used handbags, along with donations of toiletries and cosmetics, such as tissues, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wipes, brushes, hand sanitizer and nail polish.
The group partnered with Tanger Outlets The Walk, Starbucks, AtlantiCare, Harrah’s & Caesar’s Entertainment, Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay and Second Baptist Church.
“Tanger Outlets is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we operate through our #TangerCares programming,” Donna J. Danielson, general manager of Tanger Outlets The Walk, said in a statement. “In support of Princess Inc.’s #PackYourPurse project, we were able to work with our merchants and fellow area businesses to exceed the organization’s initial goals — allowing us to help even more young women achieve their potential.”
The group wants to raise awareness about homelessness in the area and give back on the day dedicated to mothers, Bennett said.
They’ll be out in the city from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday distributing the bags at locations including Turning Point Homeless Day Center, The Covenant House, Atlantic City Bus Terminal, John Brooks Recovery Center and senior housing complexes.