Donated bags bring dignity at Christmas

Shannon BochenekManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Lucia Potts helps to collect bags filled with hygiene essentials in Bridgetown and Manjimup.
Camera IconLucia Potts helps to collect bags filled with hygiene essentials in Bridgetown and Manjimup. Credit: Shannon Bochenek / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

MORE than 100 handbags filled with hygiene essentials were distributed to women in need throughout Manjimup and Bridgetown on Saturday as part of the Share The Dignity Christmas Appeal, more than doubling the efforts of last year’s drive.

South West ‘It’s in the Bag’ campaign collection coordinator Peta Palmer said Christmas charity drives helped struggling families with food and presents, but often mothers were left with little for themselves.

Mrs Palmer said she saw the “real difference” the campaign made through her work in housing support.

“Often women can be choosing between,‘do I buy that loaf of bread or milk for my kids, or do I get sanitary items?’,” she said

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“Often it comes down to that choice.”

Lucia Potts, who helped collect bags in Bridgetown and Manjimup, said while the campaign runs across Australia, she loved that locally donated bags were re-distributed to local women.

“What gets collected between Manjimup and Bridgetown stays in the Manjimup shire and the Bridgetown-Greenbushes shire,” she said.

Mrs Potts thanked the community for coming together and said she felt “joyous” from the support this year’s drive received.

“It’s not just me, it’s all the ladies that contributed,” she said.

“If I can help one woman doing it tough then that makes me happy.

“To all the women of the Manjimup and Bridgetown community, a really big heartfelt thank you for the bags.

“It’s making a great difference.”

Bags were distributed via the Warren Blackwood Emergency Accommodation Centre, Life without Barriers in Manjimup and through St Vincent’s in Manjimup and Bridgetown.

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