Christmas presents for mums

Fill a hand­bag and Share the Dig­nity

Central Queensland News - - NEWS - Kris­ten Booth Kris­ten.Booth@cqnews.com.au

DUR­ING the Christmas sea­son, chil­dren are put in the spot­light, en­sur­ing they are cared for and made to feel spe­cial, but the same can’t al­ways be said for those women who put the needs of oth­ers be­fore their own.

The Emer­ald com­mu­nity can make life bet­ter for women in need this Christmas, by do­nat­ing to the ‘It’s in the Bag’ cam­paign.

Or­gan­ised by Share the Dig­nity, It’s in the Bag came about when they re­alised that women in cri­sis would put the needs of oth­ers be­fore them­selves, what­ever the time of year.

To con­trib­ute, sim­ply do­nate a hand­bag that is no longer used and fill it with es­sen­tial and lux­ury items to make a woman feel loved.

Each bag will dif­fer, de­pend­ing on one’s bud­get and imag­i­na­tion, but all will be ap­pre­ci­ated and make a woman feel very spe­cial.

The Emer­ald Hos­pi­tal has jumped on board with the cam­paign af­ter the out­stand­ing sup­port they re­ceived last year.

Emer­ald Hos­pi­tal Work­place health and safety HR ad­viser Kay Reeks-Stitz said the num­ber of bags they re­ceived in 2016 went well be­yond their ex­pec­ta­tions.

“We re­ceived over 130 bags last Christmas, which was fan­tas­tic,” she said.

“I was over­whelmed. We were hop­ing for 30, so we were then able to ex­tend the do­na­tions down to as far as Woora­binda.

“It’s great to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity, but also to fe­males within the com­mu­nity that are strug­gling and that are usu­ally missed out at Christmas time.

“Be­ing a mother my­self, some­times you do give more to your chil­dren and fam­ily, so I just thought it’s a fan­tas­tic way to give back to strug­gling women within the com­mu­nity.”

Although they have al­ready re­ceived a huge num­ber of bags, Ms Reeks-Stitz said they were still hop­ing for more to sup­ply the in­creased need within the com­mu­nity.

“This year is go­ing a lit­tle bit slower than last year. I think we’ve re­ceived close to 20 bags, which is great,” she said. “But I’ve been in con­tact with the lo­cal char­i­ties and we are re­ally need­ing a lot more.”

“It’s im­por­tant in ev­ery com­mu­nity, be­cause mothers do a lot – they sort of go un­no­ticed – they are the ones that miss out on a lot of things and they sac­ri­fice so much for their chil­dren, so I just think it’s a fan­tas­tic cam­paign to get on board with.”

The cam­paign closes at 5pm to­day, how­ever the com­mu­nity is still wel­come to or­gan­ise a bag over the week­end and hand it to the Emer­ald Hos­pi­tal re­cep­tion by 5pm Mon­day, De­cem­ber 4.

“I think we tend to for­get what Christmas is about, and it is about giv­ing,” Ms Reeks-Stitz said.

“The ap­peal comes at the right time to make some­one feel spe­cial.

“It’s giv­ing from the heart. It’s not hard to give a few es­sen­tial items and a lux­ury item to some­one who does need it.”

Mothers do a lot, and they sort of go un­no­ticed. — Kay Reeks-Stitz

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SPREAD THE LOVE: Emer­ald Hos­pi­tal is tak­ing part in the 2018 In the Bag ap­peal held by Share the Dig­nity to sup­port women through­out Christmas.

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