Sharing dignity can be in the bag

IN THE BAG: Sam Wardle and Sharon Crettenden started supporting the It's In The Bag drive last year.
IN THE BAG: Sam Wardle and Sharon Crettenden started supporting the It's In The Bag drive last year.

Cleve resident Sharon Crettenden is encouraging women to donate old handbags they no longer need and fill them with toiletries for those less fortunate.

The ‘It’s In The Bag’ drive is run by the Share The Dignity charity, who help people who are homeless, at risk and those experiencing domestic violence, through the distribution of sanitary items and funding of funerals, during November.

Mrs Crettenden, who got involved last year with Sam Wardle, has registered Cleve Auto Repairs as a collection place for the filled bags.

“It is just something so easy to do for someone who is less fortunate than us,” Mrs Crettenden said.

“It’s better than giving money and you know that what you’re giving is going to those who need it.

“You’re always buying toothpaste or deodorants, so why not just buy an extra one to help someone else out?”

Bags can be filled with essential and luxury items, such as tampons, soap and deodorant.

“You can even include a little note from you or a gift voucher as well,” she said.

“You can make up bags for women, men and teenagers; if you do make one for a teenager, make sure you put a yellow ribbon around it.”

The drive officially starts on November 18, but Mrs Crettenden is already collecting bags.

“You can drop off bags at Cleve Auto at any time between now and Friday, December 1, when there is a strict deadline,” she said.

Helen Harris from Kimba has also been collecting bags all year, and is happy to collect more before the deadline.

Contact Mrs Harris on 0437 524 564. For more information on Share The Dignity or It’s In The Bag, visit sharethedignity.com.au.