The Baltimore County Commission for Women will host a collection of purses in Towson this month as part of a campaign to benefit victims of human trafficking. 

As part of the Power of the Purse campaign, new or gently used purses may be dropped off curbside on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 3 to 7 p.m., at 7 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson. The commission is working with The Samaritan Women (TSW) to fill a truck with purses. The items will later be sold to raise money for The Samaritan Women programs.

In addition, the commission is sponsoring Dinner for a Cause the same night at 7West Bistro Grill in Towson. Fifteen percent of all eat-in dinner receipts on Oct. 23 will be donated to The Samaritan Women.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and County Police Chief Jim Johnson are expected to attend the event.

For more on the Samaritan Women's Restoration Home, go to http://www.thesamaritanwomen.org. For more on the Power of the Purse campaign, call 443-465-0150 or visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/women/pursepower.html.