With Christmas just around the corner, White Lady Funerals are collecting donations of handbags filled with feminine hygiene products and other essentials to help women of all ages experiencing poverty, homelessness and domestic violence. The drive, taking place in Chelmer until 2 December, is part of the Nationwide It’s in The Bag campaign held annually by women’s charity Share the Dignity.
Location manager at White Lady Funerals in Chelmer, Cathy Barnard says the alarming knowledge of women in need calls for the generosity of others. “It’s disconcerting to know there are women on our doorstep who need our help to afford basic hygiene products that most of us take for granted,” she said. “As a member of the Brisbane City West community and a committed and professional team of women, we want to help and would appreciate any donations people can spare.”
Share the Dignity and White Lady are working hand in hand to collect donations from residents across Brisbane City West who are encouraged to bring a handbag containing sanitary products, unused deodorant, toothpaste, shower gel, socks, a brush or other necessities to the White Lady Funerals in Chelmer. “We love working with Share the Dignity because it’s a charity committed to supporting women, and provides such necessary services. White Lady was created with similar principles”, said Cathy. “The intention of our staff is to make everyone, of all cultures and religious backgrounds, feel cared for during very difficult times, we hope to do the same for these vulnerable women to help them enjoy one of the most joyous times of the year.”
Once all donations have been made, Share the Dignity volunteers will collect the products and distribute them to domestic abuse shelters and drop-in centres ahead of Christmas Day. Donations big or small will be gratefully received between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday.