PN - October 14, 2021 » Purses to Persevere

Purses to Persevere

Hello STA Saints parents! My name is Issy Earp and I am a Senior at Saint Thomas Aquinas. I also am the Founder of Purses to Persevere KC, an organization that seeks to inspire and empower women to persevere through challenges in their lives by providing them with a beautiful handbag filled with essential care items. I started this organization my Sophomore year, and since, we have provided over 1,000 filled purses to women in and outside of the Kansas City area. These purses help encourage self-growth and restore confidence in these women that might have been lost in trying times. 

We conduct drives at local businesses and schools to collect purses and items. Last year, we held a drive at Aquinas and received over 300 gently used purses! Thanks to Aquinas' commitment to continue helping others in our community, Purses to Persevere is able to do another drive this year. The drive will be the week of October 18th. There will be big yellow collection boxes by each entrance. On Friday, October 22nd, there will be a $5 dress down day. All of the proceeds will go directly towards purchasing items that will go inside of the purses. These items include: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, chapstick, deodorant, face wash, razors, a hairbrush, and hand sanitizer. If you are interested in learning more about us, visit

If you have any extra gently used purses that you no longer use, please consider saving them and donating them at the purse drive the week of October 18th! If you have any of the items on this list, you may also drop them off in the bins. 

If your son or daughter is looking for service hours, please email [email protected] for more information! We are in need of more volunteers!