Dignity bag campaign gets big response

DIGNITY: Sharon Crettenden has collected over 80 bags filled with toiletry items for the It's In The Bag campaign.
DIGNITY: Sharon Crettenden has collected over 80 bags filled with toiletry items for the It's In The Bag campaign.

Disadvantaged women around state will have a little more dignity thanks to the women on Eastern Eyre Peninsula taking part in the Share the Dignity It’s In The Bag Campaign.

Cleve’s Sharon Crettenden registered Cleve Auto as a collection point for the campaign this year after taking part last year.

Mrs Crettenden said she was blown away by the response she received.

“Last year we only got about 18 bags but we organised it all a bit late,” she said.

“This year I was hoping for around 30 or 40 bags, thinking we should at least double what we got last year.

“But this year we’ve had over 80 bags donated over the last month, which is just amazing.”

The bags have come from all over the Eastern Eyre Peninsula.

“Bags have come in from Cleve, Arno Bay, Cowell, Wudinna and 30 came from Kimba,” Mrs Crettenden said.

“All the bags are choc-a-block, its just amazing, the ladies have done an amazing job.

“There’s a wide mix of them, young and old, and there are even a few for teenagers.

“Women have put things like scarves, sunglasses and jewellery in the bags, just things that make women feel more attractive.”

Mrs Crettenden said she liked the campaign because donors saw what was going to people.

“You can actually see what is going to people, you can spend as much as you want and know that it is not getting used for things like admin costs,” she said.

Mrs Crettenden is taking all of the bags to a pick up station this weekend.

The It’s In The Bag campaign finishes at the end of the month, with other collection points in Tumby Bay, Port Lincoln and Whyalla.

For more information on the It’s In The Bag campaign or the Share The Dignity charity, visit sharethedignity.com.au

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