SHARE the Dignity, a charity helping women and girls in need, hosted its annual ‘It’s in the Bag’ campaign, with the community rallying around the cause and donating bags filled with essential items to Bunnings stores across Tasmania.

The campaign ran from Friday 20 November to Sunday 29 November with the donated bags going to 41 charities statewide.

Share the Dignity Tasmania team coordinator Tania Watson said the campaign collected bags for homeless women in Tasmania and Australia who were doing it tough over the holiday period.

“We collected bags that were filled with essential items like shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes and sanitary products, and our heroes picked them up from the collection boxes at Bunnings stores to distribute to the charities,” she said.

“It gives dignity to those people that need a bit of help.

“It’s important we’re able to give back to the community for those people who have struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic this year, and that we’re giving dignity to women.”

Some bags also contained little luxuries such as lipstick, a hairbrush, hair ties, a gift card, and a notebook and pen.

Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay said 2020 had been a difficult year for many Australians, with the issues of poverty and homelessness being significant right around the country.

“We want to help as many women and girls this Christmas that may be in a refuge, shelter, on the streets or experiencing poverty,” she said.

“We are once again so grateful to the wonderful team at Bunnings for hosting our It’s in the Bag collection this year for the fourth year – their support and participation means the world to us.”

Bunnings general manager of operations Ryan Baker said the Bunnings team were proud to play a part in the campaign.

“It’s been a tough year and we know the need for this support in the community is much greater than ever before, so we are proud to be able to play a part in helping Share the Dignity to continue the great work they do,” he said.

For more information, visit https://www.sharethedignity.org.au.

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