WESTFIELD, NJ — The Liptack family’s Little Free Library at 710 East Broad St. is collecting supplies for the Purse Project to help homeless women in New York City.

“Please feel free to fill your own purse or donate individual items from the list that we will then pack up,” homeowner Sara Liptack said. “You can drop off in the bin on our porch until July 1.”

Supplies wanted include used purses, feminine products, multivitamins, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, adhesive bandages, wipes, sunscreen and lip balm.

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“As a Westfield High School teacher, I have the summer off and look to use the time in a meaningful manner,” Liptack explained. “Last summer, I made it a mission to have an adventure with my daughter every single day. We called it ‘70 Days of Summer’ and we managed to make memories to last a lifetime with only eight dollars and gas money for the entire summer. I knew I couldn't top that again this summer, so we have a new plan: ‘The Summer of Kindness.’”

The Liptack family is creating a list of as many acts of kindness as thy can think of.

“Some will be small, like calling an elderly relative or bringing cookies to someone that could use a pick-me-up,” she said. “Others will be more ambitious, like the Purse Project and other donation drives we are planning when this one is over. Once again, we have 70 days ahead of us.  If we can brighten the lives of at least 70 people, our mission is accomplished. I believe that you can't teach or tell a kid to be kind, but you can absolutely model it. My biggest hope for our summer is that Lyra — my soon to be 4-year-old — learns how good it feels to have a warmed heart from helping others.”

Little Free Libraries are small book exchanges meant to promote literacy and the love of reading. To learn more about the movement and to find other Little Free Libraries nearby, click here.

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