HANDLE ON IT: Carla Rankin (regional director, UnitingCare Community), Beverley Schimke (manager, Rockhampton Women’s Shelter) and Louise Hayes (domestic and family violence facilitator at UnitingCare) with the donated handbags containing toiletry products for the It’s In The Bag campaign.
HANDLE ON IT: Carla Rankin (regional director, UnitingCare Community), Beverley Schimke (manager, Rockhampton Women’s Shelter) and Louise Hayes (domestic and family violence facilitator at UnitingCare) with the donated handbags containing toiletry products for the It’s In The Bag campaign. Chris Ison Rokccare

Christmas cheer is in the bag for Womens Shelter clients

FOR women fleeing the horrors of a violent relationship, Christmas is the last thing on their mind.

That's why Louise Hayes and Carla Rankin from UnitingCare Community decided to get behind the It's In The Bag campaign where women can donate a handbag they no longer use and fill it with life's little luxuries for women in need.

And within just one week, they received more than 50 bags.

In handing the donation to Women's Shelter manager Beverley Schimke yesterday, Ms Hayes said she knew they needed to support the movement when she realised no one in Rockhampton was collecting.

"We have had businesses, individuals and Human Services bring a heap of stuff over," she said.

"There are all the different Christmas campaigns but all the donations have just rolled in... the bags are really good on their own but the contents of the bag are absolutely brilliant."

The pair said people had given bracelets, perfumes and gift packs in addition to basic toiletries.

Ms Schimke said a simple gift could make all the difference to women living in the shelter.

"They don't have those things when they come in, and just to have something nice like a handbag to put your things in is great," she said.

"It is nice for them to have something nice for them.

"At Christmas time we give gifts and items that we have for women who have been here during the year as well, because starting up a new house is always difficult."

Ms Rankin said UnitingCare would continue with the initiative.

Want to help?

Visit UnitingCare Community/Lifeline/ Bluecare building at 229 Musgrave St, Rockhampton

For more details, email qldsharethedignity@gmail.com



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