Sunday, 31 January 2016 19:03
Our Inner Southern Homelessness Service was extremely grateful when the not-for-profit organisation, Share the Dignity, recently donated handbags to us to give to our clients.
The handbags, which are part of the 'It's in The Bag' campaign, were filled with a range of items including shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hand-cream, sanitary items and a personal message of support from the person who donated the bag.
Share the Dignity aims to provide homeless and at risk women, nationally, with sanitary pads and tampons to allow them a sense of dignity at a time when they need it most. The idea behind Share the Dignity is that no woman should suffer the indignity of choosing between eating and buying such items.
According to the Founder of Share the Dignity, Rochelle Courtenay: "The It's in The Bag campaign idea came to me when I realised that we seem to manage the needs of children at Christmas, ensuring they're cared for and made to feel special, but the same can't always be said for making our women in need feel special".
And so the campaign began - asking Australians to donate a handbag they don't use, fill it with thoughtful items, a note if they wanted to, toiletries, sanitary items and anything practical and appropriate. The support and interest has been overwhelming and heart-warming.
Local co-ordinator for Share the Dignity, Annette says It's in The Bag will become an annual campaign and the organisation was grateful for the compassion, generosity and empathy of Australian public.
Many of Inner Southern Homelessness Service's clients were really thrilled to receive an It's in The Bag handbag with one client saying it made their day and another woman saying it was the only gift she will receive for Christmas. (Photo: Our staff, with the handbags, ready to give out to clients).