Record Number of Hope Handbags for Similkameen Women and Men in Need – Keremeos Review

Up front are Lower Similkameen Community Services Society Executive Director Sarah Martin and Director of Operations and Finance Julie Ellsion. Behind are members of the Keremeos Ladies of the Royal Purple, left to right, Marjorie Bracconier, President Marie Farren, Ginny Bennett, Gail Strandberg and Joan Popovich.

Record number of Handbags of Hope for Similkameen women and men in need

The Ladies of Keremeos Royal Purple made 77 bags this year

The Ladies of the Royal Purple of Keremeos were able to collect 77 bags to donate this year, thanks to the support of the community.

Every year, the Ladies collect donations to assemble their Handbags of Hope for women in need in the community. This year, they concocted 65 handbags for women in need and 12 bags for men. There were five more bags compared to 2020, with the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society handling the distribution.

The community provided donations of needed items, pre-filled handbags and money to make sure everyone had warm clothes for the winter season.

In particular, the Ladies thanked Keremeos Pharmasave for their donation of toiletries for the bags, as well as Valley First and the Keremeos Information Center for serving as drop-off points and Keremeos Buy-Low Foods.

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