Carol English has more purses than one can imagine.

She’ll never use them all, but that’s not why she has them.

She’s the caretaker of dozens of purses of all makes, sizes and colors as she helps prepare for Tipp Monroe Community Service’s fifth purse auction to benefit the Tipp City Lunch on Us summer meals program.

This year’s auction will be held March 18 at Tipp City United Methodist Church. Local auctioneer Galen Gingerich will return to conduct the live auction at noon.

Tickets are $20 each or a table of eight for $140. Any tickets still available can be purchased at Community Services or online at

Purses for the auction – new or gently used – are donated by community members, some who purchase and turn them over to English to prepare for auction including adding accessories such as jewelry, gift cards to businesses and other items.

Other individuals and businesses provide a purse already filled with accessories and other items.

A popular offering has been from O’Reilly Auto Parts, a bucket filled with items needed to wash a car and other tasks. English and Kathy Taylor, Community Services’ director, referred to the donation as a “man bucket.”

Other donations include a bag from Schroeder Tennis Center, those put together at Tipp City schools and an array of bags made by Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, Coach and many others. There’s also a Miche purse with removable shells and novelty type offerings including a bag shaped like a church.

Taylor and English said they are always amazed by the range of donations received from interesting purses and bags to accessories such as jewelry, umbrellas, pool passes and restaurant certificates. Money donated is used to buy more accessories and purses.

“We have a very generous community,” English said.

“It is a good event, and it is fun,” Taylor said.

At this year’s auction, the purses will be unveiled for viewing at 10 a.m. with lunch at 11 a.m. The event also includes a silent auction.

This will be the eighth summer for the Lunch on Us program. The first year, 849 meals were served over six weeks.  Last year, 7,256 meals were served during the program’s 11 weeks. The meals are served to youth as well as taken to Liberty Commons for its senior citizens.