The Jes Foord Foundation runs an initiative called The Handbag Project, where new or used handbags are donated, containing items that can assist a rape victim during the initial reporting process at the police station. The victim having already gone through a horrific ordeal, must then undergo a physical examination before being allowed to shower. Although the process is incredibly traumatic, it is necessary in order for the police to obtain every bit of evidence possible.
To help make the process a little easier - a handbag with ‘comfort’ items in it can go a long way in helping the victim feel a little better. These include everything from toiletries and underwear – to the most important item in the bag - a letter with a few words of encouragement to restore some hope.
The Debs were able to collect many items and pack dozens of bags, and even more importantly help them become more aware of the big difference lots of little acts of kindness can make.