JOY OF GIVING: Veronica Sussens, Annette Goodhew and Donna Habermann are delighted with the amount of handbags being donated to the Its In The Bag cause.
JOY OF GIVING: Veronica Sussens, Annette Goodhew and Donna Habermann are delighted with the amount of handbags being donated to the Its In The Bag cause. Contributed

Kind-hearted folk are filling bags for the less-fortunate

HUNDREDS of quality pre-loved handbags filled to the brim with toiletries and special gifts will make this Christmas season a little brighter for women enduring hardship.

Veronica Sussens from Jacaranda General Practice said hundreds of bags had been donated for the It's In the Bag Christmas Campaign, organised by Share the Dignity.

"Last year we had about 70-80 bags donated which was great, so I am surprised by how many have come in this year, it would be 300-350 bags," she said.

The annual campaign began when organisers realised while the needs of Children in Need were cared for and they were made to feel special at Christmas time, the same couldn't be said for Women in Need.

"All the bags will be distributed locally, they will go to services such as Edon Place, Phoenix House, Anglicare and DOCS," Mrs Sussens said.

"People have put some touching messages in the bags, it just been amazing,"

Friendly Society Private Hospital registered nurse Donna Habermann said when she saw on social media that Mrs Sussens was acting as a collection point, she wanted to get The Friendlies involved.

"I distributed all the fliers and picked a person from each unit to organise each area," Mrs Habermann said.

Mrs Habermann said staff had put a lot of thought into the items they donated

"On top of all the general toiletry items, people have added lovely little gifts and been so thoughtful," she said.

"We had one staff member who put in a bag a lovely scarf and matching gloves because it can be very cold.

"There is something a little special in all the bags from jewellery to make up."

The special treat is on top of the thousands of other items donated such as shampoo and conditioner, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, sanitary products and tissues.

"It is just amazing we have about 50 bags all up," she said.

Mrs Habermann said staff either donated bags with good in them, or just goods on their own.

"I was able to get 14 bags from the 'Old Bags Lunch' recently that we were able to fill with all the donated goods."

What is the It's in The Bag Christmas Appeal?

Charity Share the Dignity ask good-hearted folk to donate a handbag , and fill it with useful items.

Organisers said the idea came about after realising women in need, need to feel special too.

"We asked Australians to donate a handbag they no longer used, fill it with items that would make a woman feel special and even pop a thoughtful note into the bag to show her that someone cares and that she matters."


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