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‘Handbags with a Heart’ bring smiles to women at The Oasis of Kingsport

Submitted by Dawn Blake, community contributor • May 23, 2019 at 10:30 AM


The Literacy Council of Kingsport partnered with Gravelly Baptist Church’s Women On Mission group to make Mother’s Day extra special for the women at The Oasis of Kingsport.

The ‘Handbags with a Heart’ service project donated 40 gently-used handbags filled with personal care necessities, along with special items that every woman needs to feel pretty, such as nail polish, makeup, lotion, perfume and jewelry. The handbags also included a personal handwritten inspirational Mother’s Day Card for the women.

The project also provided an important opportunity for students from the Literacy Council to practice their English language skills and give back to the Kingsport community.

The Oasis of Kingsport is a 501(c)(3) women’s ministry that provides a safe place for women and their children within the Greater Kingsport community. These services include providing access to laundry and shower facilities, counseling and support groups, job and education assistance, as well as life skills-based classes such as cooking, nutrition and sewing. The women earn points for attending classes and use these points to redeem household and toiletry items.

The Oasis is need of donations for household items such as collapsible laundry baskets, cookware, bedding and sheet sets, cleaning items and personal hygiene items. Volunteers are also needed to help make a difference in the lives of the women. To learn more, visit www.oasisofkingsport.org.

The Oasis of Kingsport’s annual anniversary celebration will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., June 22, at the Kingsport Farmers Market in downtown Kingsport. There will be live music, games, food and lots of fun for all. The Literacy Council of Kingsport is one of the many organizational partners that will be there to join the celebration.

The Literacy Council is a non-profit organization that provides free one-on-one tutoring for adults and qualified children to improve their literacy skills and help achieve their individual goals. To learn more about The Literacy Council of Kingsport, visit www.literacycouncilofkingsport.org.

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