Handbags for Hope


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UPDATE: As of March 23, 2020, we have decided to place a hard pause on our Handbags for Hope campaign.

Please suspend all handbag collections.  We want to encourage everyone to stay home and not participate in public outings.  Please hold onto the donations you have already received and we will reach out with further instructions as restrictions lift.  We are hoping to combine our Handbags for Hope Campaign with our Backpacks for Hope campaign this year, but are still creatively thinking through every option. Thank you for your support. 

(last updated July 8, 2020)

Collecting new and gently used handbags for women in crisis across Texas. A woman’s handbag represents something deeply private to its owner − a kind of survival kit for life in a modern world. For those experiencing power-based abuse, it may also serve as a life-saving utility. Each bag is fitted with a discreet tag that lists TAP’s toll-free legal line 1-800-374-HOPE, safety planning information, and Allstate Foundation’s Financial Empowerment Planning Guide.

In 2019 Texas Advocacy Project collected over 9,400 handbags for domestic violence survivors. The goal of this campaign is to ultimately lead survivors to free legal help, safety, and new beginnings. The Project, along with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, collect your donations of new or gently used handbags to support this community outreach effort. The Project has collected more than 45,500 bags via Handbags for Hope since it first launched 13 years ago!

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If you'd like to participate as a drop-off location or host a private/public drive,
fill out our Drop-Off Location Form or for more information contact hope@texasadvocacyproject.org. 

To volunteer, email volunteer@texasadvocacyproject.org.

Too busy to shop or clean out your closet? Monetary donations help pay for shipping costs of sending Handbags for Hope to shelters! 

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We look forward to having you join us for the 2020 Handbags for Hope campaign!​