On December 8, a total of 405 purses, bags and backpacks were delivered to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission's Joy House for the 1,000 Purses Project on behalf of those in need in the Milwaukee area this winter. Most of the bags were filled with blankets, health and beauty essentials, warm clothes and other valuable items for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Milwaukee, generously donated by Elmbrook students, staff, and community members.
The project was led by District Office's Jean Loepfe, and the rescue mission will display the purses and bags on shelving units and guests are able to pick one out for the holiday. Any remaining purses, backpacks or bags are distributed throughout the cold winter months.
This is Elmbrook's sixth year of contributing to this cause and the donation turnout was incredible despite the pandemic. Thank you to all who participated!
Pictured: (top) Items arrive at Milwaukee Rescue Mission, (below) Jean Loepfe and Milwaukee Rescue Mission staff