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Dignity Bags

Coos Sand ‘n Sea Quilt Guild, and Coquille Valley Quilt Guild, donated 50 hygiene bags to the Soroptimist Dignity Bag project. 

COOS BAY — Every year women and men flee their abusers and show up at The SAFE Project (Safety, Advocacy, Freedom, Empowerment Project (previously the Womens Safety and Resource Center) with nothing but the clothing they are wearing and their bruises.

The Coos Bay Soroptimists partner with the SAFE Project and Maria Neill from the Electric Hospital to provide Dignity Bags to each of the men and women assisted by the crisis response team. Last year 102 bags were hand made by Maria and community volunteers and filled by the Soroptimists with donations from the community. 

The goal this year is to again provide 102 bags. Stitchers are invited to a Dignity Bag Sew-a-Thon at the Electric Hospital, 988 S. Broadway in Coos Bay, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 22. Machines and supplies will be available or bring your own and join the sewing circle. If you don’t sew, that’s alright; we also need people to iron and fold material. 

The items most needed are 18” square cotton blend material, finished bags with a drawstring and toiletry items to fill the bags; sanitary pads, tampons, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, combs, bar soap, shave cream, hair ties, and other hygiene supplies. Toiletries, material and finished bags may be dropped off at the Electric Hospital or the Coos Bay Visitor Information Center at US Highway 101 and Central in Coos Bay.

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For more information, contact Cheryl Drumheller at 541-808-7371, or email Maria at mariacrafty@aol.com.

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