Purses promote Volunteer Spirit

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's a great day when you can add a new purse to your accessories, and hundreds of women did that Thursday. Those stylish handbags helped feed seniors in Knox County.

More than 300 women bought tickets to get their hands on some name brand purses, gently used, but with still a lot of personality to show off.

"I was kind of like a bull out of a cattle shoot. I was on my mission to go to those tables," said shopper Hariett Amonette.

"It was 900 purses and it was definitely madness," said Judith Pelot with Mobile Meals.

These women looked for a man they could really grab onto; whether his name is Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Hermes, or Marc Jacobs.

"I love the madness. Who wouldn't love it? You get great deals on purses, and you're doing it for a great cause," said Pelot.

That great cause; Mobile Meals.

"This past year we raised enough money to provide meals for 30 seniors for an entire year. It's about $884 per seniors for a year," said Pelot.

After all, purses are like volunteers: you can never have too many.

Last year the Knox County Office On Aging raised more than $25,000 and fed 30 seniors for the year. They are hoping to beat that record.

Mobile Meals is already accepting donations for next year's event. If you would like to donate some purses you can contact Julie Uden at National Contracting Center. Her email is julie.uden@seniorinsuranceagents.com and phone number is 865-218-8388.