Handbags with Heart for the Women In Need Society

Nov. 16, 2022

This holiday season we are collecting gently used handbags filled with essential items or gift cards for the @winsyyc Handbags with Heart initiative. 

Through until December 8th, donations can be dropped off at the CWSA office (#110 4441-76 Ave SE) during our regular business hours.

Bags of all shapes and sizes are accepted and can include everything from deodorant and toothpaste to magazines and nail polish.

Fill your handbags with:

  • Toothbrushes / Toothpaste / Floss
  • Hairbrushes / Combs
  • Socks / Gloves / Toques / Scarves
  • Soap / Body Wash
  • Deodorant / Perfume
  • Kleenex / Tissues
  • Pads / Tampons
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Lotion / Moisturizer
  • Lip Balm / Lip Gloss
  • Small Makeup Kits
  • Transit Passes
  • Nail Polish / Nail Files
  • Magazines / Journals / Paperback Novels / Adult Colouring Books
  • Small Mirrors
  • Jewelry

About Handbags with Heart 

WINS is stepping up to help those in need with the Handbags with Heart campaign, which will deliver bags filled with essential hygiene items to women accessing WINS services throughout Calgary. The ability to walk around with basic items like Kleenex and tampons is something WINS believes all women deserve, and when they walk through our doors looking for help, this small token goes a long way. Not only do the Handbags with Heart provide people with basic necessities, but they also empower them and boost their self-esteem. 

At WINS, we are determined to help women and their families thrive, which means taking care of all family members with compassion and dignity. Rather than purchasing a decent handbag or lipstick, we see women put what remaining money they have at the end of the month into ensuring that their kids have a healthy meal or a winter jacket.

Since launching the campaign in 2017, WINS has handed out hundreds of Handbags with Heart to women that participate in our programs. Over the next few weeks, we hope to collect hundreds of bags from generous Calgarians and will distribute them throughout the Holiday season.

This year, the need for support is greater than ever. We have welcomed many families seeking refuge from the conflict in Ukraine and have had a record-high demand for services due to the increased cost of living in Calgary. With 1 in 10 Calgarians living in poverty, it’s more important than ever to help out our neighbours. All bags collected will be distributed to WINS clients, ensuring donations help someone in our city.


Please reach out to office@mycwsa.ca with any questions


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