Will you help share the dignity?

27th Oct 2020

Christmas 2020 is going to be tough for Australians. But for those women experiencing homelessness, living in domestic violence shelters, or doing it tough, it will be unbearable.
In Australia, the statistics paint a grim picture, with women being hit hardest by the pandemic:
• More women than men live below the poverty line
• Almost one in ten Australian women in a relationship have experienced domestic violence during the coronavirus crisis, with two-thirds saying the attacks started or became worse during the pandemic
• Most people assisted by specialist homelessness agencies in 2018–19 were female (60%).
Can you spare a moment and a few basic items to light up a woman’s life? Share the Dignity asks you to donate a handbag and some essential items to women and girls in need. “It’s In The Bag” is a simple idea which works like this:
• Donate a handbag in a good, used condition that you no longer use
• Fill it with items that will make a difference to the daily life of a woman in need
• Be sure to include the essentials such as a sealed packet of pads and tampons, roll-on deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and soap
• Add little luxuries like lip balm, new socks, a magazine, anything that would make a woman or teenage girl feel special
• You can also add a thoughtful note into the bag to show the recipient they are thought of
• Donate the bag at your local Bunnings store (subject to government regulations)
Share the Dignity volunteer and Guyra local Anne Lane, said that she has seen firsthand just how much happiness these handbags filled with items have brought local women and girls.
“They simply can’t contain the joy they feel, and we’ve all been moved to tears watching them receive the bags,” Anne said. “Little extra treats like socks and magazines have brought out so many smiles.”
This campaign is run from November 20th, through until November 29th and bags can be dropped off at your local Bunnings store during this time. It’s in the Bag collection boxes will only be available in Bunnings stores open to the public between these dates, in accordance with State health restrictions.
Guyra residents can also drop bags off at CT Electrics in Bradley Street.
Light up someone’s world this Christmas and get your friends and family involved too: https://www.sharethedignity.org.au/event/its-in-the-bag