‘Heartwarming’ to see as Share the Dignity receives 130 bags

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Emily Bouffler, Max Stainkamph, Nicole Munday, Linda Williamson, Sharni Burrell, Skye Freshwater and Mel Foley. Photo: TRACEY PRISK 1201TPdignity1
FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Emily Bouffler, Max Stainkamph, Nicole Munday, Linda Williamson, Sharni Burrell, Skye Freshwater and Mel Foley. Photo: TRACEY PRISK 1201TPdignity1

Over 130 handbags full of essentials for people fleeing domestic violence have been donated in Orange, while NSW has clocked over 17,000 bags in November.

The campaign by Share the Dignity, partnering with Bunnings Warehouses across the state as collection points, finished up on Saturday with 40 of the 130 bags picked up on Saturday morning. 

Volunteer Katherine Fitzpatrick said the show of support had been “heartwarming”.

“These women fleeing domestic violence are really going to appreciate this, and it’s not just the items but also the thought put into it and knowing people are thinking of them,” she said.

Mrs Fitzpatrick said some of the notes delivered in handbags were “incredibly nice”, and gifts had extended from essentials like toothbrushes and sanitary items to necklaces and toys for teenage girls fleeing violence.

“One person had dropped off a hairdressing voucher with a not saying ‘treat yourself’,” she said.

The Central Western Daily dropped 11 bags at Bunnings on Thursday morning, and editor Tracey Prisk said it was “a fantastic cause”.