GIVING DIGNITY: Lisa Brown with Maddie Burton, from Maddie's Gift Gallery.
GIVING DIGNITY: Lisa Brown with Maddie Burton, from Maddie's Gift Gallery.

Gift shop joins drive for dignity

THE plight of women with children who find themselves homeless or having to take refuge in a shelter is a harrowing enough tale at any time.

And when they are reduced to such desperate circumstances, it's understandable, and nobly so, that any meagre resources coming their way will go firstly to their kids.

So when two women read a piece about these tragedies in 2015, they decided to do something about it.

The movement they established in 2015 is called Share the Dignity, and seeks to provide such women with something for themselves which would otherwise be out of their reach - sanitary items.

The local representative for the movement is Lisa Brown, who is busy organising a Christmas campaign to provide at least 100 such women in the Southern Down region with these essentials - and more if possible, for Christmas.

"(The movement) started after the two founders read a story by Mia Freedman on website mamamia,” Ms Brown said.

"We have had a couple of promotions this year, but there is a big push for this one, called It's in the Bag, running from November 19 until December 3.”

People are invited to fill an unused bag or backpack with sanitary items to distribute to the women.

"They can be sanitary items - or anything else that women would like to receive at Christmas,” Ms Brown said.

There are three drop-off points in the region including Stanthorpe.

"We had a collection point in Toowoomba, but no local one,” Ms Brown said.

"But this year, we have Maddie's Gift Shop here in Stanthorpe, also Gorgeous Coffee Lounge in Killarney, and Voyage Fitness in Warwick.

"Stanthorpe is asking for 35 bags. If more are received they can be passed to larger centres like Brisbane,” Ms Brown said.

Maddie Burton was approached by the group and believed it was a "great cause” to support.

Those interested can get more information about the program and about what can be donated at sharethedignity.com.au, or look for the Share the Dignity info page on Facebook.

Stanthorpe Border Post


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