“Love Purses for a Purpose” Provides 700 Handbags to Women at the Shalom Center Shelter and Other Area Organizations.
Tamarra Coleman, executive director of the Shalom Center, along with her staff, organized the 4th Annual “Love Purses for a Purpose” drive for Valentine’s Day collecting 700 purses.
Kenosha WI, (February 14, 2023) Tamarra Coleman, executive director of the Shalom Center, along with her staff, organized the 4th Annual “Love Purses for a Purpose” drive for Valentine’s Day. Coleman has done the drive annually since 2019, collecting new and gently used purses filled with toiletries, candy, lipstick, jewelry, nail polish and other necessities from donors throughout the area.
Tamarra Coleman organized the Purse drive as a way of serving others and giving back on Valentine’s Day.
“I love serving others and what better way to show love on Valentine’s Day than by giving back. I’m thankful for the generous donors and community partners who donated purses or toiletries. Even our community youth groups got involved. That’s what LOVE is all about,” stated Coleman.
About 700 purses were donated, the most successful drive yet. Women in Shalom Center programs were able to choose a purse on Tuesday. “The goal was to allow women to pick a purse of their choice and show a little extra love. The ladies were delighted with the variety and quality of the purses. It really made their Valentine’s Day Special,” Coleman said.
Women enjoyed picking a purse of their choice. The ladies were delighted with the variety and quality of the purses.
Because they collected more than enough purses for Shalom Center clients, Coleman said she is donating purses to Halo, Inc. in Racine and to Women and Children’s Horizons in Kenosha. In March, a similar donation drive, called March MANness, will collect men’s wallets, backpacks and hygiene products. Tamarra’s husband, Rev. Michael Coleman and her son-in-law, Jhalin Goodlow, will spearhead the men’s drive.
About the Center: Shalom Center is a 501(c)3 in Kenosha County serving as the only homeless shelter, largest food pantry, and longest running nightly meal program. Shalom Center is a community resource that provides housing, food, guidance, and support to individuals and families in need across our community. Our mission is simple: serve the community through food, shelter and supportive ways. We believe that this mission will help realize a greater vision: self-sufficiency by maximizing the potential of people we serve.
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