For the entire month of February, three local businesses are collecting “Period Purses” – or purses that are stuffed with feminine hygiene products – so they can be donated to women in need.
The initiative was started by Sonia Quesnel, a 19-year-old part-time employee of the B&B Food Mart. “I felt like God was putting this on my heart to give back,” explains Miss Quesnel, who goes to church at Revive in Alexandria. “I loved what Period Purse does and decided to do a mini-drive here.” So far, it’s proven extremely popular. Miss Quesnel says she’s already collected 15 purses and the month isn’t even half over.
The Period Purse project is looking for tampons, pads, Diva Cups, deodorant, dental care products, socks and underwear, flushable wipes, hand sanitizer, lotions, facecloths, soaps, shampoo, chocolate, candy, scarves, hats, and mittens. Please do not send medication, mouthwash, nail clippers, nail files, sewing kits, and razors.
All donations will be packed in purses and donated to a shelter in Hawkesbury. If you have any empty purses lying around, you can donate those too.
Items can be dropped off at B&B Food Mart (167 Bishop St.) and A&C Upholstery (284 Main St. N.) in Alexandria and J’s &A’s Convenience Store at 4162 County Road 34 in Green Valley.