Ottawa police are once again inviting residents to help them collect personal hygiene products to be given to people in need.
“Hygiene products are a monthly expense that some women in our community can’t afford,” said Const. Dawn Neilly, organizer of the seventh installment of the Purse Project.
“With the increase in cost for goods, we expect more women to be facing difficulties.”
The cost and availability issues mean that, in addition to sanitary and hygiene products including menstrual pads and tampons, donations of soap, toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo and products for men are also welcome.
The Purse Project began in 2018 and resulted in more than 8,000 purses filled with necessities donated to women living at local shelters. In 2019, the OPS began emphasizing the products without the purses, because the need for these items is constant.
“In our first campaign, the purses were a discreet way to deliver the products to women in need,” Neilly said in a news release.
“Even though we kept the name and are so grateful for the community support, we no longer need purses and really want to focus on the products themselves. We are asking that donators do not put products in purses this year.”
People can drop off donations until Dec. 11 at the following sites:
Ottawa Police Service: 211 Huntmar Dr., 3343 St. Joseph Blvd. and 474 Elgin St. between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Shoppers Drug Mart locations: 174 Bank St., 702 Bank St., 1080 Bank St. at Sunnyside Avenue, 3781 Strandherd Dr. and at 181 Greenbank Rd.
The Citron Hygiene warehouse located at 150-2855 Swansea Cres. is also a drop-off location, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Donated items will be delivered by police to local area shelters including, but not limited to, the Minwaashin Lodge, Youth Services Bureau, Nelson House and Cornerstone Housing.