The Maids Community Outreach & Sponsorships

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We Care and Friends, Annapolis

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The Maids proudly supports We Care and Friends, a non-profit organization in Annapolis, dedicated to helping those struggling with poverty and homelessness as well as those who have fallen through the cracks of society.

Learn More about We Care and Friends at their website: http://www.wecareandfriends.org/

The Maids Sponsors Teen Tool Box Pack-A-Purse With a Goal of Collecting 100

Donate new and gently used purses & new personal care items to teenage girls in group homes, foster homes and homeless shelters. All items will be delivered before Christmas Day. You may drop off at our office in Glen Burnie Mon-Friday between 8am and 5pm or we can arrange pick up. You may contact Linda Crosby at 410 761-7300 or read below for more information.

Pack-A-Purse 2010Annual Pack-A-Purse Holiday Drive

After learning that children in foster care often use black plastic garbage bags when they move from home to home, JaMai Sanders wanted to do something to help. She thought that children deserved to have something better to put their belongings in. She began to think about her own belongings and things that were special to her so she decided to help teenage girls going through a hard time. In 2007, JaMai put herself in their shoes and decided to a Pack-A-Purse Drive to collect purses filled with toiletries to donate to girls in foster care, shelters, and group homes. Sometimes these girls have nothing when they move around. The purses are something of their own that they can put special and personal things in and take with them wherever they go. Each year, The Teen Toolbox, LLC, co-sponsors this service project.

A grand total of 146 purses and 24 cosmetic bags were collected in the 4th Annual Pack-A-Purse Holiday Drive. There were 130 purses packed with toiletries and 16 unpacked purses donated to the following organizations:

  • Kid Save
  • Shepherd’s Cove Homeless Shelter
  • Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Independent Living Program
  • Echelon Community Services

Pack-A-Purse 2009

A grand total of 142 purses were collected in the 3rd Annual Pack-A-Purse Drive. There were 78 purses packed with toiletries and 64 unfilled purses that were donated to the following organizations:

  • Kid Save
  • Shepherd’s Cove Homeless Shelter
  • Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Independent Living Program
  • Success In Style

Pack-A-Purse 2008

A total of 38 purses filled with personal care items were collected and delivered to the following two organizations:

  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  • My Sister’s Place

Pack-A-Purse 2007

A total of 37 purses, 4 wallets, 1 tote bag, and 8 cosmetic bags were collected and delivered to the following two organizations:

  • Suited For Change
  • My Sister’s Place
  • Shepherd’s Cove Homeless Shelter

Personal Care Items (Donations)

Each year, generous donors have provided personal care items including:

  • nail polish
  • first aid kits
  • writing tablets/journals
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • combs
  • brushes
  • deodorant
  • pens
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • mouthwash
  • toothbrush holders
  • soap
  • body wash
  • bath salts
  • body sprays
  • hand sanitizer
  • lotion
  • facial cleanser
  • cosmetics
  • facial cleanser
  • lip gloss/Chapstick
  • body spray
  • tissue
  • shower caps
  • calendars
  • Holiday candy

JaMai Sanders, Pack-A-Purse Drive Organizer

JaMai Sanders is a high school senior in Howard County, MD. She is a member of three youth councils to help bring positive change to the community – Howard County NAACP Youth Council, Columbia Association Teen Council, and Voices For Change Youth Council. She served as Chair of the Education Committee for the NAACP Youth Council in 2009 and currently serves as Council Secretary. She enjoys working with people and has volunteered in diverse community service projects and community youth programs. For the past three years, she has organized a Pack-A-Purse Drive to donate purses and toiletries to young women in shelters, group homes, and foster care. Additional community service projects she has taken part in include writing letters to military members deployed outside The United States, collecting supplies for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and collecting books and character bandages for Howard University Hospital Pediatric Unit. JaMai has also participated in many other youth development programs and events. She plans to attend college in fall 2011 and major in Mass Communications with a focus on Public Relations.

The Teen Toolbox, LLC is a youth development company dedicated to providing life skills programs and activities that enhance the strengths and experiences of teenagers and empower them to take charge of their lives and develop into their potential. We believe that youth can change the world. Our programs and services provide opportunities for youth to increase self-confidence, develop new skills, and take an active role in creating the life of their dreams. The Teen Toolbox, LLC co-sponsors this annual holiday drive.

THE TEEN TOOLBOX, LLC
“Tools For Teens To Take Charge”
P.O. Box 6368, Columbia, MD 21045 ; (202) 431-3542
www.theteentoolbox.com