Staten Island Alumnae Purses with a Purpose Gives Community Hope


Submitted by Yolanda Scott

The members of the Staten Island Alumnae Chapter (SIAC), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated wanted to make an impact in a different way this year. In recognition of both Women’s History and Sisterhood month; the chapter wanted to do something that would uplift the spirts of women of all ages, many of whom may be experiencing hardships. As the COVID-19 pandemic remains very much prevalent in the Staten Island community and beyond, SIAC chapter members; led by the chapter’s adopted projects committee, developed the “Purses for Purpose” month-long community drive.

During the month of March, they collected new and gently used pocketbooks. Most of the purses came filled with toiletry items and women’s self-care products and the purses that were short on items were filled by the chapter. This endeavor was made possible in part by donations collected by community partners such as the AKA-Hidden Pearls of Staten Island, Moms of Black Boys (M.O.B.B.) United and the National Council of Negro Women-Staten Island section along with friends and family members.
On March 31, 2021, SIAC members were able to drop off more than 150 overflowing purses along with a motivational card addressed to sister friends of SI which read “Always remember you are Braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, Smarter than you think and more Beautiful than you can ever imagine.” In total, there were three separate women’s shelters in the Staten Island community that were provided with the purses.


Dr. Jacqueline Wilson, Director of Surprise the Struggle, one of the three community shelters was so overwhelmed with gratitude with all the pocketbooks and even twosuitcases that her organization received that she referred to the chapter’s donation as “Blessings bags.” “This work takes a village and with your generous donations, it will definitely bring many smiles to the women and teen girls,” Dr. Wilson stated. “As females, we all like to shop and receive a nice handbag. Thanks, Staten Island Deltas.”

For more information about SIAC, please visit www.dstsialumnae.org


Submitted by Yolanda Scott The members of the Staten Island Alumnae Chapter (SIAC), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated wanted to make an impact in a different way this year. In recognition of both Women’s History and Sisterhood month; the chapter wanted to do something that would uplift the spirts of women of all ages, many …

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