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Bernie Browning from LJ Hooker in Brunswick Heads is collecting sanitary items and treats for the #ItsInTheBag collection. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

Sanitary items should be a right, not a privilege, and the Share the Dignity charity have begun their 2019 #itsinthebag appeal.

Share the Dignity asks our community to spare a thought for the women, children, and teenage girls experiencing homelessness, sleeping rough, or seeking refuge in domestic violence shelters.

In an effort to ensure that these women and girls do not go without, the charity has launched its It’s In the Bag Christmas Appeal. This gives local women and girls doing it tough over the holiday period a reason to smile by providing them with handbags filled with essential hygiene products, as well as a few extra little treats.

Locally, the The LJ Hooker Foundation are participating in this event and Bernie Browning from the Brunswick Heads LJ Hooker office is already collecting items for this year’s appeal.

‘I’m a big believer in helping anyone who is down and out, especially a fellow woman,’ says Bernie. ‘We should help people out and build them back up.’

The idea is to dig around in your cupboard and get rid of a handbag you never use (we all have one) and fill it with sanitary items and maybe some treats.

The charity is collecting three types of bags: Baby Bags including wipes, dummies, maternity pads, anything a bub or a nursing mum might use; a Teen Bag with soap, deodorant, knickers, phone cards, lip gloss, pads and tampons; and the Woman Bag, with meal vouchers, shampoo, moisturiser, movie tickets, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and sunscreen are also great items to put in the bag.

‘We are encouraging people to pop a note or card in the bag as well to make it personal so the women who receive the bags feel like someone really cares,’ said Bernie.

Items can be dropped off at The LJ Hooker in Brunswick Heads until 22 November.

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