Pack A Purse Drive




JaMai has organized her Annual Pack A Purse™ Holiday Drive to collect purses and personal care items for teenage girls in group homes, shelters, and the foster care system.  The drive begins in November and the purses are delivered before Christmas Day each year.

Since 2007, JaMai has organized this annual drive and collected and delivered 5,078 purses to 55 organizations that support teen girls in group homes, foster care, and homeless shelters.

During her freshman year in high school, she learned that children in foster are often taken from their homes with only the clothes on their backs or that many move from home to home with their personal belonging in garbage bags. JaMai wanted to get involved.  She believed that children deserved better.  As she thought about the things that are her special to her as a teenage girl, she decided to organize a Pack A Purse Drive to provide personal care items in purses to teen girls in homeless shelters, group homes, and the foster care system.  This allows the girls to have basic necessities and something of their own that can be used again and again.

Only new and gently used purses in good condition are accepted.  Trendy and stylish purses are good, but dark, solid colors are best.  Trial size and regular size personal care items/toiletries are accepted.  Packaged For Success (formerly The Teen Toolbox) co-sponsors this annual drive.



  • 11th Annual Pack A Purse™ Drive: November 1, 2017 – December 4, 2017
  • Purse Packing Party: Saturday, December 9, 2017




Personal Hygiene Items Requested:

  1. Toothbrush
  2. Toothpaste
  3. Mouthwash
  4. Deodorant
  5. Lotion
  6. Soap
  7. Feminine Hygiene Items


Financial Donations Accepted via Paypal:

Mail Donations: Packaged For Success, Pack A Purse Drive, 6801 Oak Hall Lane, #6368, Columbia, MD 21045

  • Email: info @
  • Office: (301) 744-8018



  1. Howard County Department of Social Services Independent Living Program
  2. Hearts & Homes For Youth
  3. Echelon Community Services
  4. DC Family & Youth Initiative
  5. A Step Closer Foundation (She Matters)
  6. Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  7. Covenant House Washington
  8. Ionnia Whipper Home
  9. Anne Arundel County Systems of Care
  10. The Children’s Home in Catonsville
  11. Rica, Baltimore
  12. Rica, Rockville
  13. Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Independent Living Program
  14. Sarah’s House
  15. Courtney’s House
  16. Child and Family Services Administration
  17. Coalition of Adoption Programs
  18. Anne Arundel County Partnership for Youth and Families
  19. Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center
  20. Shepherd’s Cove Homeless Shelter
  21. Thurgood Marshall Academy Mentoring Program
  22. Entrepreneurs Success Builder’s Network
  23. Stephen’s Missionary Baptist Church
  24. The WrightVision Foundation
  25. Petworth Family
  26. Second Genesis
  27. KidsPeace
  28. Arundel Women’s Shelter
  29. Challenger’s Independent Living Program
  30. Waxter Children’s Center
  31. Mountain Manor Residential Facility
  32. Success In Style
  33. Daughters of Destiny
  34. Kid Save
  35. My Sister’s Place
  36. Suited For Change
  37. Good Shepherd Residential
  38. BEST Kids Mentoring Program
  39. Promise Place Shelter
  40. Catholic Charities Sanctuaries for Life
  41. Catholic Charities Harriet Tubman Day Program
  42. National Center for Children and Families
  43. I Can We Can Recovery
  44. NCIA in Baltimore
  45. So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.)
  46. Building Families for Children
  47. Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
  48. Omni House Residential
  49. United Black Fund





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