Mocha Momma could be one of us, the MidCentury Modern Moms. She has two daughters in their early twenties and a son in his teens. Or is he out of high school? Oh, well, she's wise beyond years and simultaneously young at heart. Did I mention generous? Creative? Resourceful?
Mocha Momma (also named Kelly) is a high school administrator in Springfield, IL, at a school with, well, lots of challenges. Safety is a big concern, and with that in mind, students cannot carry backpacks around with them. Boys complained that girls were allowed to carry purses, and the policy was updated to limit purse size. Suddenly many girls found themselves without a way to carry pencils, pens, pads, tampons, personal items.
70% of the students in this high school live at or below the poverty rate. These girls can't afford a second purse just to keep themselves together at school. Mocha Momma came up with a solution: the Great Small Purse Drive. Donated purses get sold for $5 each, and the money raised goes to support the school.
I've been reading Kelly's blog for several years now, she's read mine, and we've emailed back and forth. She's a woman of integrity, with great taste in coffee and a great sense of what's important in life. I trust she'll get these purses into the hands of girls who need them. In fact, I mailed three yesterday.
Purses should be smaller than a standard 8.5 X 11 piece of copy paper. Send any donations to:
P.O. Box 9465
Springfield, IL 62791
Let's do it, readers. Pass the word and pass the purses. One big closet clean-up for you; one small purse for a young woman.