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My Lil Sister's Keeper: 6-year-old makes bags for homeless kids

Posted at 9:34 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 23:29:32-05

BALTIMORE — 'My Sister's Keeper, Say it with a Handbag', is a program created by Kim Ridley to help the homeless. Now, her six-year-old granddaughter, Breleigh Brown, is joining the movement.

"When she said, 'Mimi I wanna help too.' I said what kind of way? And she said, 'I can give back to the kids.' I'm so super excited that Breleigh has joined me," said Ridley. "The need is still there. We are our sister's keepers. She is my little sister's keeper. I'm the big sister's keeper and we're saying it with a bag, a handbag that is."

Ridley fills handbags with essential items like toothpaste, lotion and hand sanitizer.

"Things we tend to take for granted on a daily basis," she said.

Now, Brown is doing the same for children. Instead of handbags, she has easy to carry and decorative draw string backpacks.

"I decided to make them so I can always help homelesss," she explained.

She said she was inspired by her grandmother and always saw children with the women Ridley would help.

"If somebody is on the streets, I will always help them by giving them the stuff that we have here," said Brown.

She even came up with her own slogan, "Hi guys! I’m Breleigh and I decided to join Mimi's movement. I’m my little sisters keeper, say it with a bag!"

Brown and Ridley are hoping to make 200 handbags and backpacks by March for My Sister's Place for Women's Month.

If you would like to donate items or buy a T-shirt, you can call Ridley at 443-691-2785 or email her at