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Time to Share the Dignity – #itsinthebag 2017

November 17, 2017

Doing an act of kindness for someone else, especially someone you don’t know is such a fulfilling experience.

This week, I opened my Inbox and found an email from Share the Dignity, a wonderful Australian charity that is devoted to helping women who are in crisis – Women who are homeless or Women who are victims of domestic violence.

According to the Share Your Dignity website, there are 85,000 homeless women in Australia who need your help.

You can read more about the work that Share the Dignity does at their website :  and also watch the video further down in the post.

#itsinthebag 2017

What is it all about?

There are campaigns throughout the year however, each November they hold their ‘It’s In the Bag’ drive and this video from their website explains what it is all about.

What you need to do:

  • find a handbag which is in good condition and you no longer use or maybe just buy one
  • fill the handbag with the 6 essentials such as shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant and sanitary items
  • add some special items like perfume – think about what makes you feel special
  • include a card with a thoughtful message that shows someone cares
  • drop off to the Bunnings collection centres or these collection points

Here is what I put together:


I had a tote bag that I had never used and it was perfect to hold everything.  I was actually quite excited at the thought of someone receiving this and hoping that they would be thrilled with the contents.


This tote was perfect to hold everything.



For all of my Australian readers you can drop off your donation for #itsinthebag 2017 at any BUNNINGS stores between Saturday November 18 and December 2nd.

Even though this is an Australian charity I’m sure there are other similar charities worldwide.

So this Christmas why not add an extra gift or two to your list and help women who are living lives that we could never imagine?


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  • Reply Christie Hawkes November 17, 2017 at 23:21

    This sounds like a great organization and a fun way to help someone in her time of need. I’m going to do some digging and see if I can’t find a similar organization or giving campaign here in the United States. Thanks for the inspiration Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 18, 2017 at 09:07

      I think there is something similar in the US Christie. I felt so good making up my bag and hope the person who receives it likes it and feels special. x

  • Reply Donna November 18, 2017 at 09:05

    The bag that you filled looks awesome, Sue. This is such a good idea. Like Christie, I will check around and see if there is a similar charity drive in my areas.

  • Reply Debbie November 18, 2017 at 13:41

    This is such a great idea Sue! Once I’m home from NZ I’ll look into making up a bag of goodies too. Thanks for sharing this fabulous cause, I had no idea about it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 19, 2017 at 07:08

      This is the first year I’ve done this Debbie but they have other ways to help and I will be investigating these next year. I feel quite excited to be able to help someone. Enjoy your NZ holiday – lucky duck and talk soon xx

  • Reply Ellen Hawley November 19, 2017 at 08:38

    What a great idea.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 20, 2017 at 09:10

      Yes I think it is a lovely idea Ellen and only recently discovered the charity. It does the soul good to help others. Have a fabulous week!

  • Reply Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama November 19, 2017 at 09:27

    This is such a great initiative Sue! I’m actually going to a Women’s Network Australia Christmas function on Friday and the guest speaker is Rochelle Courtenay – The Founder and Managing Director of Share
    The Dignity.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 20, 2017 at 09:11

      Oh lucky you Janet, I’ve dealt with Rochelle via email and she is lovely. Enjoy your lunch!

  • Reply Jan Wild November 21, 2017 at 13:50

    Share the Dignity is my favourite charity and like you I really enjoyed putting together my bag. It is a salutary reminder that I take all those goodies for granted and that other women just don’t get access to them. Now to get it to a dropoff point (a bit of a challenge from where we live, but a good excuse for a drive up the Coast)

  • Reply Leslie Clingan December 11, 2017 at 08:00

    What a special organization. I wonder if we have the same thing here? Going to look. I had never thought of putting together toiletry bags for women in crisis…had never thought how they walk out the door often leaving everything behind when they flee. Thank you for making me more aware.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 11, 2017 at 09:11

      It is a wonderful organisation Leslie and I only really discovered it this year through other bloggers.

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