GIVE BACK: Share the Dignity Southern Downs branch volunteer Lisa Brown will be handing over the baton after the It's In The Bag campaign.
GIVE BACK: Share the Dignity Southern Downs branch volunteer Lisa Brown will be handing over the baton after the It's In The Bag campaign. Elyse Wurm

Fill a bag to help Warwick women this Christmas

ROSE City residents are being called upon to help out their own this Christmas through the It's In The Bag campaign.

Going directly to the women of Warwick, donations are being collected to help those who may be homeless or experiencing domestic violence.

Run as part of Share the Dignity, residents are encouraged to fill a pre-loved handbag with essential items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap and sanitary items.

Southern Downs branch volunteer Lisa Brown said personal touches can be added to the bags, such as magazines, books or diaries.

"A lot of these women may not have a lot of money so they buy things for their kids, so it's a nice thing for them at Christmas,” she said.

"It's very much appreciated by the charities in Warwick, they're always excited when they come in.”

Bags can also be created specifically for teenage girls, including items such as body sprays and magazines.

Mrs Brown requested a yellow ribbon be tied around the bags for teenagers, but said she would also be able to do this one they have been submitted.

Collection for the bags has already started at Bunnings and Voyage Fitness in Warwick and will close on December 3.

Mrs Brown said the bags will then be given to the Community Lighthouse Centre and St Vincent de Paul CornerStone Program for distribution.

Other charities in town are also welcome to register for bags through the Share the Dignity website.

"When we have our own people here that need help, it's nice to know we're helping them first,” Mrs Brown said.

This campaign will be the last run by Mrs Brown, so she is also on the lookout for other volunteers to help continue the Share the Dignity work in Warwick.

Mrs Brown said she is more than happy to help those who would like to get involved.

To express your interest, make contact via the Southern Downs Share the Dignity Information group.



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