A couple of years ago, I came across the charity Share the Dignity and their “It’s in the bag” campaign (https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/christmas-charity/). The idea is that you get either a brand new or very good condition second hand bag and fill it with things most of us take for granted – like toothpaste, deodorant, soap. Daily personal hygeine items that a woman would use. You can then add in things like jewellry, a book, scarf etc. that are there to help a woman feel special and cared for. These bags are then donated and handed out to women in domestic violence shelters, homeless women etc. I loved the idea of helping a fellow woman and set about purchasing some of the neccessary items. Unfortunately, that first year, the donation locations were hard to find and in the busyness of the pre-Christmas season, I did not get my bag completed. Last year, however, the donation boxes were located at all Bunnings stores and that was a much more accessible and easy option for me to find! So, I determined to finish up my bag and get it donated.
Being a craft minded person, I really wanted to put something in that I had made personally, just for whoever it is that was going to get my bag. I had some lovely mill end yarn that I had picked up from spotlight that I thought would make some lovely patterns with the colours. I must apologise because I can’t for the life of me remember what pattern I used but it worked up fast enough amongst making my other Christmas gifts and I was able to drop my bag off just in time!
I love the way it has turned out and the colours – I thought that they were neutralish enough to suit most women. Sadly, when I was photographing it in a rush one morning before school drop off (after which I needed to drop the bag off), there was obviously something red on the floor reflecting on my photos so you don’t get a true picture of the colours but it did turn out lovely.
If you are interested in donating to the “It’s in a bag” campaign, it happens around Christmas time. I would recommend starting to get things together during the year so it’s not a big crazy rush at the busiest time of the year for most people. It’s lovely to be able to bless someone and I hope that each donation gives the woman who receives it comfort and hope.