Christ­mas ap­peal helps Stan­thorpe’s vul­ner­a­ble

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

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.

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