Local campaign relies on generosity this Christmas

Community members are being encouraged to think of others this Christmas as the ‘Share the Dignity’ campaign makes its way through Esperance.

The campaign, which runs throughout the month of November, collects personal hygiene items for women in need experiencing homelessness and domestic violence.

Community members who wish to donate are asked to fill an old or new bag with essentials like unused shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, tooth brushes, hair brushes and sanitary items.

Local Share the Dignity shero Elisha Hill said all items donated in Esperance will be kept in Esperance and delivered to local charities for women in need.

“Some people are going without this Christmas to support their family and buy food or even just to buy their kids something small for Christmas,” she said.

“The least we can do is donate an old bag we’re not using anymore and fill it with all of the things that we can afford to buy that other people may not be able to.”

After having run a sanitary item collection earlier in the year, Ms Hill said she had been told some unsettling stories. 

“One particular woman worked at a service station and said that some women would come in and take sanitary items, taking them to the toilet and then just walking out with them,” she said.

“What do you say to someone that needs these items and is having to steal them?

“I just couldn’t imagine and it’s something I never thought about until I heard about ‘Share the Dignity’.”

The bags can be delivered to a designated drop off point, which will be announced on November 14 via the Share the Dignity website and social media.

Ms Hill, owner of Cape Arid Candle Co, said those unable to drop off their donation at the designated locations could deliver them to the Cape Arid Candle’s stall at the weekend markets.

“Collection is running from the 18th of November until the 2nd of December, the last collection being on the 2nd of December,” she said.

Bags for teenage recipients must have a ribbon attached.

For more information, visit www.sharethedignity.com.au