Collection begins for Helping Handbags fundraiser

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 18, 2012

By Shavonne Potts
SALISBURY – If you’re cleaning out your closet and thinking about what to do with that purse you hardly used, donate it.
The Salisbury Post is collecting gently used or new handbags, totes, wallets, backpacks and computer bags for the annual Helping Handbags fundraiser.
The money raised benefits Christmas Happiness, a fund that provides financial assistance to low-income families to buy Christmas gifts for children younger than 18 years old.
The Salisbury Post collects donations from the community. The Rowan County Department of Social Services accepts applications and issues vouchers to eligible families.
Since 1952, the fund has been supported by the Rowan County community and Salisbury Post readers.
Organizers have begun to receive items.
“We ask that you clean them and empty them,” said Sharon Jackson, who heads up the fundraiser.
The sale will take place at the Post on December 3-7, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or until all items have been sold.
Organizers and volunteers will accept cash or local checks, Jackson said.
Most of the bags will be $5, but high-end bags may be priced higher. There will be a bargain bin available.
A raffle will take place again this year. Last year’s raffle was a Fossil tote and a pouch valued at $173. Tickets will be sold three for $5 or an arm’s length for $10.
Any donated items that might be too worn to sell or are left over will be donated to a local charity.
Items may be delivered to the Salisbury Post at 131 W. Innes St. weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
For updates and featured items search the Helping Handbags Facebook page.
For more information, contact Sharon Jackson at 704-797-4238 or email