Share The Dignity has some pretty impressive stats. The charity was founded in 2015 as a way of helping Australian women in crisis, and since then has collected over 830,000 packets of pads and tampons and 130,000 bags of essentials all with the help of their 2,500 volunteers.
Founded on the simple idea that no woman should have to suffer the indignity of choosing between sanitary products and being able to eat, Share The Dignity helps the 85,000 Australian women and teenaged girls sleeping rough and taking refuge in shelters after fleeing domestic abuse.
The 'It's In the Bag' Christmas campaign is one of their major appeals, collecting donations of pre-loved handbags filled with essentials and a few little luxuries, which are then redistributed to women's shelters and charities who work with homeless women.
The campaign runs from 18th November to 2nd December and asks everyone to donate a bag and help women in need with a helping hand over Christmas.
Please donate a pre-loved handbag still in good condition and fill it with essentials such as shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, tampons and pads. And then add a few little luxuries that would make someone smile such as a lip balm or moisturiser, book or magazine, a scarf or pair of socks.
Individuals are also asked to add a message of support to let the girls and women know that they are special and someone cares about them.
Bags can be dropped off during the campaign at any Bunnings store – every store in Australia has been given a large white collection box – but you can confirm your nearest collection point by checking the Share The Dignity website.
In Perth, there are 123 Share the Dignity volunteers who will then collect the bags and distribute them to shelters and drop-in centres ensuring the bags are available for homeless women in time for Christmas.