How You can help

 “It’s Not Just About a Purse. It's About Dignity.”

Dear Friends:

     If you’ve landed on this page, we thank you so much for your interest in Helping Hearts & Handbags, Inc. Our mission is very simple: collecting and distributing LARGE new and gently-used purses filled with personal care items for women living on the streets or in homeless shelters. We request large purses because we include so many items in each one and upon receiving one, many women transfer their own belongings into the purse. Having a lovely purse in which to store your belongings, rather than a paper sack or a plastic bag, restores a bit of dignity to each woman that makes such a difference. And when she opens the purse and sees all of the personal care items, along with a personally signed HH&H’s note, she is reminded there are people in the world who care and that she is not forgotten.

We have Helping Hearts & Handbags team members in New Jersey, Easton/Allentown, PA, Northern Virginia, and Charlotte, NC. If you live in those area, there are many ways you can join us in our mission of helping homeless women: 

•    INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS:   Contact us at to donate your own new or gently-used LARGE large purse(s) and/or items from our Personal Care Item List (see tab above). We will happily arrange a time and place to drop them off.

•    "DONATION STATION" COORDINATOR or PURSE PARTY HOSTESS:   Coordinate a Helping Hearts & Handbags, Inc. “Donation Station” Drive or Purse Party. The “Donation Station” purse/item drive can be held at your place of employment, Book Club, church, neighborhood, library, scouting troop, or any other group you think would be interested in donating. A Purse Party is a great way to invite friends and family over and help homeless women in your area. Simply contact us at for everything you’ll need to get started. 

•    HELP US FINANCIALLY:   Make a financial contribution through our PayPal link (see DONATE button below) to help us purchase Personal Care Items to fill each purse. We also gratefully accept checks made out to Helping Hearts & Handbags, Inc. We are a 501 (c) (3) charity and are happy to provide letterhead receipts for tax deduction records. And if you choose to make a financial donation, please let us know if your employer has a Matching Program for charitable contributions.

•    COMPANY CONTACTS:  Do you or someone you know work for a company that manufactures items on our Personal Care Item List?  Because of our 501 (c) (3) charity status, monetary contributions, as well as “in-kind” donations of tissues, socks, sanitary products, etc. are all tax-deductible.

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    Please call (908) 310-1448 or email us at if you have any questions

or would like more information. Thank you!