One of the biggest fashion trends around the Kanawha Valley this month will be purple purses. And it's all for a good cause.
The YWCA Charleston is circulating 10 purple purses from friend to friend. The idea is to pass it on, along with a little information about domestic violence, and earn the organization a little money, too.
Carrie Bowe, volunteer director of the purple purse project, said it's the first time Charleston has been chosen to participate in the nationwide fundraiser.
"We received 10 purses and have dispersed them to 10 team leaders," Bowe explained. "From there, they pass them on to family, neighbors, coworkers."
Each purse has a code, which the recipient can register online at purplepurse.com. Each registration adds $5 to a donation the Charleston YWCA will receive. Once there are $1,000 donations, the gift will jump to $10,000.
That's money that can be used locally in domestic violence programs like the Resolve Family Abuse Program.
"Every bit of the money raised will be used to fund programs and initiatives right here in our area," Bowe said. "And it's not just fundraising, it's raising consciousness and a conversation starter about domestic abuse."
Thirty communities across the country were picked to participate in the purple purse project. It's the first time for Charleston.
Didn't get a purple purse? Look for registration codes also being circulated on Facebook and Twitter.
YWCA Resolve provides a crisis line and emergency shelter 24 hours a day, court advocacy, transportation, counseling and support groups, teen dating violence prevention programs, a monitored visitation and exchange program and a batterer/intervention program.
Resolve provided services to 2,667 individuals in 2012-2013 in Kanawha, Clay and Boone Counties.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in conjunction with that the YWCA is planning a variety of activities.
- St. Francis Hospital domestic violence display in lobby. Oct. 16, 1 p.m., YWCA Resolve's Judy Quick will be on hand. Oct. 18, 1 p.m., Kanawha Court Advocate Pam Lorenson will talk about court protection of victims.
- Week Without Violence Rally, Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m. at Kanawha Boulevard and Ruffner Avenue.
- YWCA Clay County Candlelight Vigil, 5 p.m. at Clay County Courthouse. To remember victims, support survivors, thanks law enforcement and judicial partners.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.