Christmas appeal helps Stanthorpe’s vulnerable
CHRISTMAS is meant to be a joyous time of year but when the choice is between putting presents under the tree and buying essentials for yourself, it can be a time of struggle.
Share the Dignity is excited to announce they will be participating in the Share the Dignity It’s in the
Bag Christmas appeal for the third year running.
Group co-ordinator Kylie Hibberd said the Granite Belt community had been a huge support over the years.
“We have been very lucky to receive over 100 handbags over the past two years and would like to keep supporting this worthwhile event,” she said.
Share the Dignity donates essential items such as sanitary pads to homeless women at risk and women who have fled domestic violence.
All donations stay within the local Stanthorpe area and assist women and teenagers with essential supplies.
“I am optimistic that we will achieve around the 60 bags donated mark,” Mrs Hibberd said.
“Our annual feminine hygiene product drives, which are held in April and August of each year, generally nets around 50 packs of pads and tampons each drive, so 100 packs of pads and 100 packs of tampons (are donated) over the year.”
Residents with spare bags are asked to fill them with hygiene, make-up and stationery products or any other items they wish to donate.
“We are also looking at making up some mum-to-be care packs as well as baby and toddler packs, first aid packs and back-to-school packs,” Mrs Hibberd said.
When the appeal is finalised the bags will be distributed to local charities and groups. The campaign officially starts on November 17 and runs for two weeks but a collection box is stationed at Maddie’s Gift Gallery, 37 Maryland St, now.
GIFT OF SUPPORT: Packs from last year’s Share the Dignity Christmas appeal.