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About 200 people received special gifts this week thanks to community volunteers who helped put together the Mother’s Day Purse Project.

Last weekend, volunteers gathered to pack more than 200 purses and kits for kids. Each purse now contains basic hygiene items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, tooth brushes, lotion, hair brushes, water bottles, flashlights, diapers, wipes and more.

The hygiene items were collected throughout the month of April at donation locations around the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Once filled, volunteers delivered the purses to organizations including the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living, the Rescue Mission, the Fairbanks Native Association, Thrive Alaska Head Start, No Limits, Love Inc. and the Presbyterian Hospitality House.

During the volunteer day, anyone in need was invited to come and pack their own purses and kits, as well.

“We are extremely grateful for every individual and organization who assisted in the efforts to assure that every woman in the community would have a gift for Mother’s Day,” said Sheridan Heinrichs, public affairs director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Fairbanks. “If any organization in the community would like to receive some purses with basic hygiene items, we are more than willing to distribute more.”

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