SHARE the Dignity welcomes people to help reduce period poverty by dropping off a bag of donations at their nearest Bunnings for Christmas.
‘It’s in the Bag’ is a nationwide drive that runs during November where volunteers across the country collect dispersed bags that contain sanitary and luxury items for women of all ages.
Victoria’s bag lead coordinator Wendy Appleton said people could drop off items for bags for all women, including an adult’s bag, a teen bag, and a mum and bub bag.
Once a bag is collected, volunteers sort the items in their categories, and send them off to registered charities that support their people in need.
Ms Appleton said half a dozen charities within the Mitchell Shire were registered with Share the Dignity.
“These bags are then given to the charities that we work with, who then hand the bags to their clients, and in some cases, is the only thing that these women receive for Christmas, and for some women it’s the first time that they will have their own handbag in a couple of years,” she said.
“If all the charity requests in the Mitchell Shire have been fulfilled, and there’s still bags left over, we will then use those bags in another area in Victoria, where they might need some more.”
Mitchell Shire residents can head to Bunnings at Seymour or other towns including Mernda or Craigieburn to drop off a bag at Bunnings to show their support.
“[Bunnings] came on board with us five years ago, and they’ve been a big support of the ‘It’s in the Bag’ drive, and any Bunnings store has been a drop off point, I know Seymour recently [opened] last year,” Ms Appleton said.
Ms Appleton highlighted the effect of the Christmas drive, as it reached out to women who might not put themselves first in every situation.
“It’s important to support women in these particular areas, because mothers and women tend to put themselves last,” she said.
“The amount of work that goes into making this drive happen, the feedback that we get is just heart-warming.”
People can drop off bags until November 27 at any Bunnings.
For more information on ‘It’s in the Bag’ drive and what to drop off, visit www.sharethedignity.org.au/itsinthebag.