Hello all - Got a spare bag lying around? I am sure we ALL do, but more on that later
Wow, summer almost here and that means one thing, Christmas craziness is in full swing.
I love Christmas, love it a lot.
From the house decorating, the excuse to catch up with friends for drinks, the choosing of present wrapping paper, the trying of new Christmas dessert recipes and cocktails to the reflection on the birth of one small baby who changed so much.
And for me that is the real thing here - how one seemingly small thing changed so much.
But it does.
So this month's #goodontheground post is focussing on a campaign I came across in my instagram feed from the wonderful team at Share the Dignity
This year has seen (and rightly so) some much needed practical effort, media awareness and leadership from the PM down focussed on the disgraceful state of violence against women.
Share the Dignity's brief is outlined below
So during the year, they had a great campaign to provide sanitary products to homeless shelters and domestic violence refuges for women in need. These products are often the last to be donated but the first to be needed. And when you are fleeing from abuse or on the street/couch surfing these necessities often become luxuries.
Did you follow the story of the young woman in WA who was arrested for stealing a $6 packet of tampons? That is what she stole, tampons and she was actually arrested for doing so.
I am not advocating shoplifting, but that is truly sad
At Christmas time, it can seem to be so much about money and it is often easy for wealthier people to poo poo consumerism that they see.
However when you don't have a lot of money, you so desperately want to be like everyone else and buy presents for children and people, spending money that you don't have. Not because you are necessarily caught up in a consumer spin cycle, but rather you just want to be the same as everyone else. You just want to give to your children and family - what other people take for granted. Simple gifts at Christmas time.
So as women often put themselves last, making sure they give to all others first, the Share the Dignity organisation has this wonderful campaign called It's in the Bag. You can read more about it at their website.
My office is a collection point in Dubbo. But there are more and more collection points being established across the country - you have until the 11th December to drop off your bag.
This is the small thing I am talking about here - small things repeated a lot - make a huge difference.
What do you need to do?
- Get that spare bag out of your cupboard that is taking up space
- Buy a few sanitary and hygiene items - ie
- Pads, Tampons
- Lip Blam
- Dry Shampoo
- Shower Gel
- Cotton Buds
- Maybe buy a few nice things too - i.e.
- Nail Polish
- Emery Boards/Nail File
- Shower Puff
- Foot scrub
- Body Scrub
- Drop a little card in there too!
- Drop it off at a collection point - locally at Dubbo at the Big Blue Digital Office - nationally, visit the Share the Dignity website for
- Sorry no phamaceuticals ( ie panadol ) no food, no alcohol and no razors ( so in my shot below I have removed the chocolate and razors). This is a request from the centres that your bags will be going to.
It is always the small things. Here is mine with a few ideas for you.
Remember that little baby boy born in a stable 2000 years ago. Believer or not, his story is one of kindness and compassion for ALL regardless of background.
So this Christmas why not #sharethedignity and join the #itsinthebag campaign.
You can make a different to one woman this Christmas and it will mean a lot to her.
NB. Big Blue Digital - 2/1 Commercial Drive, Blueridge Business Park is an official collection point for the 2015 It's In the Bag Campaign. Bags must be received by the 11th December at the office for distribution.