Austin
10:33 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Handbag Drive Gives Domestic Violence Victims Handle on Hope

The Texas Advocacy Project and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office are launching its annual “Handbags for Hope” drive.

The sixth annual installment of the drive asks Austin-area residents to donate new and gently used handbags to give to domestic violence victims.

The project aims to place the handbags – featuring a sewn-in tag including the Texas Advocacy Project’s hotline number (1-800-374-HOPE) – in the hands of potential abuse victims. Handbags will be distributed through shelters all across Central Texas.

The Texas Advocacy Project is a non-profit organization that provides legal council to the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. They seek to provide real and permanent help to victims who can’t find help otherwise. Handbags for Hope has collected more than 13,000 bags since the project’s first launch five years ago.

Those who would like to participate in the drive can donate old and gently used handbags to the Travis County Sheriff's Office located at 5555 Airport Blvd. today at 10:30 a.m.