Power of the purse helps domestic violence victims

THAT PURSE sitting in your closet could do a lot more than collect dust.

In conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Allstate Foundation and Ana Ortiz of “Ugly Betty” are encouraging people to donate purses and professional bags to help provide professional attire for domestic violence survivors and other women re-entering the workforce.

Drop your bags locally at 3510 Bush River Road through Friday.

Because purses are a symbol of economic empowerment — a vital step toward ending the cycle of abuse — Ortiz is giving women a chance to win an Onna Ehrlich designer purse.

Go to to learn more .

— Robin Cowie Nalepa