Sharing the Dignity this Christmas
As you prepare to celebrate the holiday season this year with loved ones, charity organisation Share the Dignity is asking the community to spare a thought for women and teenage girls experiencing homelessness, sleeping rough, or seeking refuge in domestic violence shelters.
In an effort to ensure that these women and girls do not go without, the charity has launched their 2019 ‘It’s in the Bag’ Christmas Appeal.
2019 is the fifth year the charity has run the Christmas campaign and Share the Dignity Volunteer and Guyra local Anne Lane is hoping for the biggest response ever.
“We want to give local women and girls doing it tough over the holiday period a reason to smile and feel cared for,” Anne said. “We also want to restore some of their dignity by providing them with handbags filled with essential hygiene products, as well as a few extra little treats.”
“We’ve been blown away by the support this collection receives each and every year, and we’d love the communities support to show these women and girls that they are in our thoughts this Christmas.”
In Australia, domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children and most women leaving a violent relationship move out of their home.
The It’s in the Bag campaign has a simple premise:
• Donate a handbag in good, used condition that you no longer use;
• Fill it with items that will make a difference to the daily life of a homeless woman;
• Be sure to include the essentials such as pads and tampons, deodorant, roll-on deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner and soap; and
• Add the little luxuries like lip balm and new socks, a magazine, anything that would make a woman or teenage girl feel special.
Individuals who donate bags are encouraged to pop a thoughtful note into the bag, to show these women and girls that someone cares and that they matter.
The campaign will run from November 22, through until December 7 and bags can be dropped off at your local BUNNINGS store. Guyra residents who want to donate a bag can also drop it in to Anne Thrift at CT Electric.
Local Share the Dignity volunteers will collect donated bags and distribute to shelters and charities like Back Track in Armidale or The Hub here in Guyra ensuring that these lovingly prepared bags are available for women and girls in time for Christmas.
Any questions regards volunteering with Share the Dignity or the #itsinthebag campaign can be directed to Anne Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0404 655 679.