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‘Have an extra purse or tote bag? Give it to a woman experiencing homelessness and hopelessness.’

Hear how we started.

Pila’s Purse Project was inspired by mom’s heart passion. In 2019 my mom had a few extra purses that were in her bedroom closet. My mom, not wanting to just throw them away, decided to fill them with a variety of hygiene and comfort items for women in need, and take them down to the local women’s center. After the first drop, she amazingly started receiving from other people who knew nothing of what she had done, would come and give her purses and bags as gifts to her. She continued to fill those new purses up with the same women’s hygiene and comfort items and take them down to the women’s center. She would go to second hand stores and purchase as many purses and bags as she could and save them in her closet until she had enough items to fill them with. She did this periodically for a while then the unthinkable happened. She was diagnosed with Stage 3 Cervical Cancer and was given 6 months to a year to live. This was January 2021 when she was diagnosed, and by the grace of God she is still with us today February 2022. But as she went through chemo and radiation she was too weak to continue what her heart had started. Fast forward to a couple months ago, my heart felt led to continue in my mom’s footsteps. So, with her permission and blessing, I started Pila’s Purse Project . 

Crystal Torres Ministries mission and vision is to love and lead women to the heart of Christ, by helping women get up, get better, and get free. CTM is a formed nonprofit organization who is in the process of obtaining our 501c3 status to help more women with more resources and opportunities. Our initial mission for Pila’s Purse Project is to give hope to women who are struggling financially, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. To share the love of Jesus Christ with them and to show them that there are people out there who care for them. 

We can use your help with this outreach that will support women in our community. This is a real, tangible way to help other women who feel unwanted, unloved or undeserving, and to help them feel valued, worthy, and loved. Please consider donating gently used, new purses, tote bags, or care items to fill the purses.

Monetary donations are also accepted and encouraged. 

We also have a love registry that has preselected items that we will be using to fill the bags. You can look over them, select one or a few, purchase the items and they will be shipped directly to the ministry where we will then fill, pack and distribute to the women. Please prayerfully consider helping us, and we will be able to help them. Thank you so much, 

Love & Blessings, 

Crystal G. Torres-Founder of CTM



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