Resthaven staff have been busy creating gift bags for women living in crisis this Christmas.
“This initiative was brought to us by a staff member who wanted to be involved in Share the Dignity’s It’s in the bag Christmas appeal,” said Eli Ulbrich – manager of Resthaven’s Paradise and Eastern Community Services site north-east of Adelaide.
“The idea was really well received, with an influx of staff members across our community wanting to take part.”
Staff filled the gift bags – which have been distributed in time for Christmas – with donated toiletry products suitable for both adult and teenage women. Items include shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, moisturisers, tissues, soaps, shower caps, and sanitary products.
“We ended up with enough donated products to make up 10 very full bags – a wonderful achievement,” said Mr Ulbrich. “For each bag, staff popped a handwritten note for the recipient.”
The bags were then placed in the Share the Dignity box at a local Bunnings store and distributed by volunteers to charities across the country.
Share the Dignity is an Australian charity that works with women experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and those doing it tough.
Staff enjoyed spending time to help vulnerable women over the festive period so much they’ve indicated they’d liked to do the same again next Christmas.
“Given the success and positive feedback from across the site, staff are keen to participate again next year with the goal of donating even more bags,” said Mr Urlich.