Ottawa Police Collect Women’s Personal Hygiene Products Through Annual ‘Purse Project’

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In addition to sanitary and hygiene products like pads and tampons, residents are also asked to donate soap, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and men’s products.

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is once again collecting personal hygiene products for local women in need.

The service has teamed up with partners Shoppers Drug Mart and Citron Hygiene for the seventh annual Purse Project, which began in 2016 and resulted in the collection of 8,000 purses full of essentials to donate. at local shelters.

“Hygiene products are a monthly expense that some women in our community cannot afford,” says Cst. Dawn Neilly, organizer of the seventh installment of the “Purse Project”. “As the cost of goods increases, we expect more women to face difficulties.”

In 2019, the OPS began to focus on collecting the products without the handbags, as the need for the items is constant.

“In our first campaign, handbags were a low-key way to deliver products to women in need,” says Cst. Neilly. “Even though we have kept the name and are so grateful to the community
support, we no longer need handbags and really want to focus on the products themselves. We are asking donors not to put products in purses this year.”

In addition to sanitary and hygiene products like pads and tampons, residents are also asked to donate soap, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and men’s products.

Donations can be dropped off at several locations until Sunday, December 11:

  • OPS Headquarters at 474 Elgin between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • OPS offices at 211 Huntmar Drive and 3343 St. Joseph Boulevard between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart stores at 174 Bank Street, 702 Bank Street, 1080 Bank Street/Sunnyside, 3781 Stranherd Drive and 181 Greenbank Road
  • The Citron Hygiene warehouse located at 150-2855 Swansea Crescent between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday

All items collected will be delivered by the OPS to area shelters including but not limited to Minwaashin Lodge, Youth Services Bureau, Nelson House and Cornerstone Housing.

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