District Service Project: Handbags For Hope ​​

The “Handbags of Hope,” a D5500 service project, originally scheduled for completion at the September District Conference, will go forward for collection and delivery to previously identified D5500 Regional “shelters” in November 2020. Women escaping domestic violence or leaving a dangerous situation are often more vulnerable and without resources during the holidays. Depending upon the need, D5500 Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors are asked to donate gently used large handbags with items listed below

  • A small bar of soap or body wash
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Body or Hand Lotion
  • Wash Cloth
  • Socks
  • Dental Floss
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Comb and /or small hairbrush
  • Chapstick
  • Kleenex
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Band-Aids (4 to a plastic snack bag)
  • Hand Sanitizer & Antibacterial Wipes
Participating clubs, (regional clubs are encouraged to collaborate) are asked to identify and contact potential facilities in your region to know how many handbags will be needed.  Project volunteers should take photos of the service project (smartphone in a horizontal position using a high resolution) for display on the D5500 website and at the district conference.  Email your two best photos with a short description ( 25 words or less,) the number of handbags donated, and Rotary club point of contact to DGE Hank Huisking by November 30th, 2020.
Please submit your videos from the event also!