Forget Santa sacks the goodies are all in the handbags

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The ‘It’s in the Bag’ campaign is giving women going through hardship the opportunity to have something a little bit special for Christmas, and some private hospitals are getting right behind the project.

The Friendly Society Private Hospital have contributed 50 quality pre-loved handbags filled with toiletries and special gifts for the campaign created by Share the Dignity.

Registered nurse at the Friendly Society Private Hospital Donna Habermann said she found the campaign on social media and wanted to get involved.

Mrs Habermann said the staff at the Friendly Society Private Hospital not only gave toiletries, but put extra thought into the items they donated.

“We had one staff member who put in a bag a lovely scarf and matching gloves because it can be very cold. There is something a little special in all the bags from jewellery to makeup,” said Mrs Habermann.

Veronica Sussens from Jacaranda General Practice was one of the many collection points for the campaign.

“Last year we had about 70-80 bags donated which was great, so I am surprised by how many have come in this year, it would be 300-350 bags,” said Mrs Sussens.

The annual campaign collected handbags for two weeks and in total received 47,835 bags from all over Australia filled with goodies.

The idea developed when organisers at Share the Dignity realised that children were cared for and made to feel special at Christmas, but the same could not be said for women.

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