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TRAILBLAZING: Purses With Power

Unice Harris founded Purses With Power in 2018. Unice, who has a master’s degree in business administration, recognized that women who have hospitalized children would appreciate gifts that included self-care and inspirational items. The organization provides gift baskets and gift boxes, in addition to purses. The contents may feature such smile-generators as bubble bath, candles, books, and crossword puzzles. “We will support, uplift, and inspire women one power-purse filled gift basket at a time,” said Unice, who also serves as the president. The organization recently gave away its 1,000th purse. Volunteers are needed to help with stuffing, labeling, and inventory, among other projects. 

Unice Harris, founder and president


Featured in the March 18, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Learn more at PursesWithPower.org


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