18 Nov 2017
Community members across NSW are being urged to donate handbags filled with everyday essentials and little luxuries to make a difference to the lives of women in need this Christmas.
On the first day of the Share the Dignity #itsinthebag Christmas campaign, Minister for Women Tanya Davies and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said they will be hosting a collection point for colleagues, along with hundreds of other businesses and community groups across NSW.
“A handbag filled with everyday essentials could make all the difference for a woman experiencing homelessness this Christmas,” Mrs Davies said.
“It is a small gift that could mean a great deal to someone, so I encourage everyone to donate a handbag at a designated drop-off point.”
Ms Goward said organisations like Share the Dignity and those who generously donate essential toiletries make a real difference to women who have escaped domestic violence or are experiencing homelessness.
“Providing items like body wash, deodorant, a toothbrush or sanitary products can help solve some of the more hidden, but very significant impacts of homelessness for women,” Ms Goward said.
Founder of Share the Dignity, Rochelle Courtenay, said the charity collects the donated handbags from registered drop-off points and then distributes them to women across the country.
“We are so grateful to everyone who takes part in our #itsinthebag initiative. It means women in domestic violence shelters or those experiencing homelessness this Christmas will receive a gift when they need it most,” Ms Courtenay said.
The #itsinthebag Christmas Campaign runs until December 2 and donations can be delivered to any Bunnings Warehouse in Australia. For further information go to www.sharethedignity.com.au.
For information and support call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463.