Brooke’s Purses

In response to a boy’s post on Facebook that he had asked his mother if they could give her old purses away to less fortunate women, a woman named Brooke commented that she would have loved to have someone give her a purse when she was on the street. Brooke’s great aunt presented the idea to the St. James Women’s Group. A new ministry was born and has been going strong and growing since 2016. What started as “Purses for the Homeless” was renamed in Brooke’s memory after she passed away.

We collect gently used purses, fill them with personal care items and distribute them to shelters in Concord, Manchester and Nashua. So far, over 700 women in our area have been helped by those purses.

Now other churches are joining the effort and holding their own purse collections and distributing them.

Brooke’s Purses assembly event. November 21, 2021 Photo by Betty Ann Dudziak