Donate to the SHE Leads Purse Project!

SHE Leads Group's mission is women supporting women in any way possible. For our members, that means supporting heart & enterprise®. Heart is our families, or anything near and dear and personal to us. Enterprise is our business or career.

For our community, that support comes in the form of SHE Leads Group members giving back in a BIG way every year with our annual SHE Leads Purse Project - A community service project to give back to the community!

The Purse Project:

Started in 2020, every year SHE Leads Group members collect and donate new and gently used purses filled with personal care and hygiene items for women who are victims of domestic violence or are otherwise homeless. In 2023 the program is expanding to other regions of the country where SHE Leads Group has expanded. In the Denver region 20 shelters were served in 2023. SHE Leads Group members deliver these purse care packages to shelters. Some shelters are women residences and other shelters are drop-in. We provide purses to as many shelters as possible every year.

  • In 2020 we collected 70 purses
  • In 2021 we collected 240 purses
  • In 2022 we collected 605 purses
  • In 2023 we collected 843 purses

Hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars in generous donations, by not only our SHE Leads Group members, but also the community at large make this project possible. And, your word-of-mouth and donations makes it possible to grow every year. Thank you!

How to donate:

During our purse project collection season we have drop-off locations. Outside of those months, we typically do not accept donations, although exceptions can be made to do a pick up for larger donations.

  • Donate a gently used purse that meets our guidelines below. It can be filled with items listed below, or we also accept empty purses.
  • Donate just filler items if you don't have a purse. See items below that we accept for donations.

Denver, CO Region: The SHE Leads Purse Project collection season runs May-August. If you have a large donation, contact SHE Leads Group Founder Beth Boen at 303-981-1541 or

Charleston, SC Region: The SHE Leads Purse Project collection season runs September-December. If you have a large donation, contact SHE Leads Group Regional Director, Julie Ellis at

Purse Guidelines:

  • Only gently used or new. No tears, no stains, no cigarette odor, no broken fasteners/zippers, no peeling leather/vinyl.
  • Purse needs to be large enough to fit in all the personal items in which we try to fill each purse. (See minimum list of personal items below.)
  • No tote bags without fasteners. All purses need to have fasteners to close the purse so items do not fall out of the purses.
  • In an effort to be equitable, designer purses will not be given to homeless women. If designer purses are donated we will use them for a silent auction to raise money for purse fillers.

Purse Fillers (all these items below can be found at a dollar store and can be full or trial size)

Minimum requested for each purse:

  • Shampoo/Shampoo Bar
  • Conditioner
  • Hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss or flossers
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Pair of socks
  • Bar of soap
  • Nail clipper & fingernail file
  • Lip balm/chapstick
  • Razor
  • Kleenex/tissue

Ideas for additional items that are nice to have in purses:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • First-aid supplies
  • Q-tips
  • Tylenol/Ibuprofen/Aspirin
  • Cough drops
  • Gum
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sewing kit
  • Hair ties
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Rain poncho
  • Hand and/or foot warmers
  • Deck of cards
  • Writing pad
  • Word search/crossword puzzle books
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Cologne, perfume, or body spray
  • Something to make a woman feel special (jewelry, makeup, nail polish, etc.)

Some things not to include:

  • Alcohol based mouthwash or cough syrup
  • Self-defense items
  • Expired non-perishable items
  • Nut products
  • Matches/lighters
  • Supplements/vitamins

Regarding Cash Donations:

Contact the regional director listed above to make a cash donation.