16th Annual Pack A Purse Drive: 2022 Grand Total



Thank you for sticking with us for 16 years and serving teen girls in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. We have been able to share hope and generosity with teen girls in foster homes, group homes, and homeless shelters because of you! Thank you for supporting our 16th Annual Pack A Purse Drive.

Recipient Organizations:

  1. Hearts & Homes for Youth
  2. Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  3. Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
  4. Covenant House Washington
  5. National Center for Children and Families
  6. Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Independent Living Program


  1. Jacquetta Dixon
  2. Vondale Mack
  3. Sabrina McLean
  4. Laila El-Asmar
  5. Latisha Lee


  1. New Hope Academy 5th and 6th grade students
  2. Sisters of Ruth #720
  3. Community United Methodist Church
  4. Restoring Life Family Church
  5. Deb Lopez
  6. Megan Rognrud
  7. Nancy Knettell
  8. Vondale Mack
  9. Wildwood Community


Because of your kind hearts and generous spirits, we surpassed our goal and delivered 126 purses and bags this year along with 10 wallets/cosmetic bags as well as new gloves, scarves, and hats.

This year was an absolutely great year for donations of new personal hygiene items. In addition to filled purses, the agencies with drop-in centers and crisis shelters received an abundance of toiletries that will be available on an emergency basis for at least a few weeks.


Because of YOU, Pack A Purse™ Drive has collected and distributed 8,436 purses (plus many hundreds of wallets and cosmetic bags) to 72 youth-serving organizations over 16 holiday seasons (2007-2022).


We are going to keep our new donation policies in place and strictly adhere to them moving forward. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

REMINDER 1: Even before the coronavirus pandemic, many organizations began to refuse used items. Moving forward, we will only accept and deliver NEW purses and toiletries. No more used items.

REMINDER 2: Please don’t donate razors or food. We must dispose of both before we make the deliveries due to agency policies.

REMINDER 3: Please don’t put money in wallets or purses. We accept financial donations to the Pack A Purse™ Drive and use those funds to purchase needed items. We cannot give teens money directly.



Nicki Sanders, MSW, ushers high-performing women of color in mid-level social work and human services leadership through promotion to senior leadership. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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