Saint Louis Crisis Nursery Collects 500 Purses For Women in Need

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery collected 500 purses during their Eat Shop Love event.  The free event benefited women using Crisis Nursery services.  Guests were asked to donate new or gently used handbags filled with lotions, sanitizers, toiletries, gas cards and other items women living in poverty may not be able to afford.  New this year, guests were asked to donate new or gently used jewelry and accessories.  The event kicked off at Plaza Frontenac’s North Court outside of Saks Fifth Avenue, Brio served delicious appetizers and pasta, and Canyon Café served appetizers and offered Happy Hour prices on drinks.  Saks Fifth Avenue gave guests gift cards for a complimentary facial or makeover and Yoga Six Des Peres offered one week free of unlimited yoga.  Guests also enjoyed a 10 minute chair massage from N8 Sloan Massage.  As a bonus, each purse donated entered ladies to win a beautiful brand new Kate Spade bag!  The Crisis Nursery offered a silent auction that raised funds for the Nursery’s Emergency Fund Request that helps pay utilities to keep kids warm and stops families from being evicted.

Eat Shop Love guests with Advisory Board member Jodi Lang (center)

Crisis Nursery’s Karen Barclay Hughes, Connie Fortune, CN Board member Dr. Nanci Bobrow and CN CEO DiAnne Mueller

Eat Shop Love guests

Connie Fortune, Y98’s Sherry Farmer, Jane Kapp, Crisis Nursery Board member Dr. Nanci Bobrow and Crisis Nursery Best Friends Chair Charlotte McClure

Kathy Jinkerson with Crisis Nursery Board members Millie Cain and MaryBeth Engler

Eat. Shop. Love. began five years ago after the Crisis Nursery team noticed that their moms were using plastic and paper bags as purses during Parenting groups.  The organizaton asked for help and started collecting purses from women across the Saint Louis region.  “We believed this was not right and that we could do better” said DiAnne Mueller, Saint Louis Crisis Nursery CEO “and because of the generous community we have, we are able to give these purses to moms that are really struggling.  It just shows our moms that they’re not alone and they are so grateful.”


The Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by offering real help and real hope to families in crisis.  The Crisis Nursery is an independent, not-for-profit agency providing short-term, safe havens for more than 7,200 children a year, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis.  The Nursery provides care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 5 sites, serving families throughout the greater St. Louis, St. Charles, Southern Illinois and surrounding regions.  For more details on the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, please call 314-292-5770 or visit