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Thunder Bay student Faryn Gysen packs purses for women in need

A Grade 9 student in Thunder Bay has collected more than 200 purses packed with basic necessities such toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, and socks and mittens — all for women in need.
Faryn Gysen is a grade nine student at Sir Winston Churchill in Thunder Bay. The 14-year-old has collected 200 purses filled with basic necessity for women in need. (Facebook)
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A Grade 9 student in Thunder Bay has collected more than 200 purses packed with basic necessities such toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, and socks and mittens — all for women in need.

Faryn Gysen started Project Purse after her mother told her about a similar project in Texas.

The 14-year-old said the idea took off when she started a Facebook group asking for donations.

"It was just really amazing to see you could that everyone actually cared and people want to help but they don't know how to actually get out there so when you give them the chance they take it," she said.

"It was just awesome to see"

Gysen said she plans to distribute the purses to women in need through various organizations in Thunder Bay.

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