The It's in the Bag campaign is on again until close of business on Friday, December 1.
Bay Post/Moruya Examiner readers embraced the 2016 campaign on behalf of the group, Share the Dignity.
Many bags were dropped into our Orient St office, filled with the kinds of items a woman fleeing family violence or homeless might appreciate.
The bags ranged from pretty clutch purses, filled with personal items, to large shopping bags holding everything from feminine hygiene products and beauty products, to clothing.
Some included Christmas gifts – a poignant reminder that family violence and homelessness do not disappear for the festive season. Indeed, refuge workers know too well that crisis can intensify for many families at this time of year, and the demand for shelter increases.
Last year, some shoppers included the thoughtful gift of a diary in their bags – an item even more essential when everything else in your life is out of control.
The prize for thinking outside the bag last year went to whoever included an umbrella in their rainy day collection. Others included scarves and underwear, carefully labelled for size.
Sue Middlebrook was one of the first people to drop a bag into the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner office last year – one of several women from Long Beach to embrace the cause.
Some contributors, including Gintra Murphy, dropped off bags which, like Russian matryoshka nesting dolls, contained even more bags.
Drop your bags at The Bay Post, 30C Orient St, Batemans Bay and they will be distributed to women’s organisations.
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