Bethanie Joondanna residents support ‘It’s in the Bag’ Xmas campaign

Bethanie Joondanna resident Joannie Greer with one of the bags.
Bethanie Joondanna resident Joannie Greer with one of the bags.

BETHANIE Joondanna residents and staff have been busy supporting the ‘It’s in the Bag’ Christmas campaign with 30 bags going to women in need.

The campaign gives the gift of a little luxury to women experiencing hardship at Christmas time.

The idea of the campaign is to donate a handbag no longer used and fill it with items that would make a woman feel special, accompanied by a personal note.

Over the past month, about $270 was raised to buy items and bags to create the care packages for disadvantaged women.

A large amount of personal items donated by residents was also used to fill the bags.

Chaplain Sue Wilkins said the residents loved taking part in this campaign and now want to make it a yearly event.

“We had 12 residents from Bethanie Joondanna who helped a group of staff and volunteers pack the bags. Everyone had such a great time and it was very exciting to be apart of such a good cause,” she said.

“Items such as shampoo, sunscreen and soaps were donated for the bags from the residents, in addition to a few luxurious items including makeup, lovely pieces of jewellery, perfumes and personal handwritten cards to help the recipients feel special.

“It’s only a small gesture but we know the gift of a bag filled with both useful and personal items would mean the world to someone in need, particularly at this time of year.

“It was a fun and rewarding activity that put smiles on everyone involved and we can’t wait to do it all over again next year.”