Wichita women swap handbags for trash bags

A new fashion trend has hit the streets of Wichita. The trend is blue and plastic.

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A group of women in Wichita have exchanged their handbags for trash bags in hopes of raising child abuse awareness.

A new fashion trend has hit the streets of Wichita. The trend is blue and plastic.

“The blue-little trash bags did catch the eye and everybody noticed,” said Terri Dugger.

“My hair dresser was like, ‘Angela, what is with the bag,'” said Wichita Mom’s Blog Owner and Founder Angela Green.

The bags are part of the trash bag, hand bag campaign put on by the Wichita Junior League.

“We are carrying these all week to draw attention that children who are traveling between foster homes, children who are in police protective custody are most often transported with a trash sack,” said Wichita Junior League Advocacy Chair Ginny Ellis.

Ellis said often times kids who are removed form their homes can only take what they can fit into a trash bag.

“Our children in our own community are basically being told that they are garbage when they are given trash bags,” Green said.

Green and Ellis have been carrying plastic bags around town all week.

“It’s been hard carrying all of this stuff, trying to figure out where to put the diapers, where to put the wipes and it’s really been kind of embarrassing getting a lot of odd looks,” Green said.

“I am a confident, adult woman and I’m feeling self conscious carrying my trash sack into lunch or into work and if I am feeling this way, what are these children feeling,” Ellis said.

To help the kids feel better, the junior league is raising money as part of the campaign. Proceeds will go toward buying the kids duffle bags filled with coloring books, pillows and hygiene items.

“(That way) They have something that is uniquely theirs and special for them,” Ellis said.

The duffle bags will be distributed to CASA of Sedgwick County, the Wichita Children’s Home and the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County.

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