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This past December, a total of 445 purses, bags and backpacks were delivered to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission’s Joy House for the annual Purse Project drive on behalf of those in need in the Milwaukee area this winter. The bags were stuffed with blankets, books, warm clothing, health and beauty essentials, and other valuable items by the high school Key Clubs to give to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Milwaukee. The bags and supplies were generously donated by Elmbrook staff, students, and community members at all schools throughout the last few months.

The project was led and organized by District Office’s Jean Loepfe and had support throughout the District. Two Wisconsin Hills Students Georgia Purtell and Morgan Schmus collaborated with local business Divine Consign to secure more supplies for the drive, and 25 Key Club students from both high schools helped stuff the bags and load the van. The Facilities and Grounds teams also helped to coordinate the drop-off of the supplies. The Mission displayed the bags and purses on shelves for guests to pick up for the holiday as needed, and the remaining purses and supplies continue to be distributed through the cold winter months.

“This drive continues to show the generosity and selflessness of the Elmbrook community and we are grateful to all that helped make this effort possible,” reflected Loepfe. This is Elmbrook’s ninth year of contributing to this cause and the District is grateful to all who participated.