In The Bag char­ity drive on again

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

THE Mans­field char­ity drive for ‘Share the Dig­nity’, In The Bag, has started again – aim­ing to pro­vide san­i­tary prod­ucts for home­less women.

First run in Mans­field al­most 12 months ago, lo­cal or­gan­iser Melisa Al­bers has em­braced the char­ity – hand de­liv­er­ing any do­nated items to Mel­bourne.

In The Bag is a unique char­ity drive that asks peo­ple to donate hand­bags full of es­sen­tial san­i­tary items – tooth­brushes, pads, tam­pons and even lux­ury items are per­mit­ted such as lip­stick and blush.

Last year 27,000 i t e ms were de­liv­ered to women in cri­sis through­out Aus­tralia – this year, the group hope to dou­ble that.

Since the last prod­uct drive, Ms Al­bers has be­come the Vic­to­rian Char­i­ties co-or­di­na­tor for Share the Dig­nity, and is open to sug­ges­tions as to who might ben­e­fit most from the prod­ucts.

For those who are not able to donate a full hand­bag, loose items are grate­fully re­ceived as well.

Col­lec­tion points are lo­cated at All Things Nat­u­ral and Or­ganic, Ochre Earth, Phud­ley’s Gifts and Jew­ellery, TUP Fit- ness Stu­dio and the Mans­field Angli­can Church.

This year, there has been an iden­ti­fied need for de­odor­ant, con­di­tioner, hair brushes and cleans­ing wipes.

If you would like to donate, or if any busi­nesses would like to come on board, they are en- couraged to con­tact Melisa at [email protected]­

For more in­for­ma­tion on Share the Dig­nity you can visit its web­site at http://www. sharethedi­g­

The Mans­field In The Bag char­ity drive will run un­til this Satur­day, De­cem­ber 3.

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