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Fundraiser will support victims of sexual crimes
Student organizers seek purse, monetary donations
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Courtesy Photo: Jenny Bayer (left) and Megan Vest are accepting donations of new or gently used purses and wallets for a purse party they will host in February. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Change Purse organization.

Monday, January 28, 2013


Two Franklin County High School seniors will host a purse party Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Ramsey Cafeteria.

Megan Vest and Jenny Bayer have organized the party through Change Purse, a non profit organization that supports exploited men, women and children.

Change Purse's mission is to "encourage hope through raising awareness and by investing into the lives of victims and survivors of sex trafficking," according to the website.

Vest and Bayer are seeking donations of new or gently used purses and wallets from the community. The purses will be priced for sale at the purse party. Proceeds from the sale of purses will benefit the Change Purse organization.

Monetary donations are also being accepted.

Drop-off boxes for donations are set up at Studio Belle Visage and the Paul Crawford State Farm agency. Donations can also be dropped off at the FCHS athletic department in Sandy Coblentz's office.

"We will also come and pick up purses if needed," said Vest.

To have purse donations picked up, email Vest or Bayer at or

"We encourage anyone who is interested to stop by the sale," said Vest. "This is not only to raise money, but to also raise awareness of this issue."

To learn more about the Change Purse organization or to shop using their online catalog, visit

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