Staff at Griffith Base Hospital's surgical ward have gone out of pocket to pay for six bags that they hope will allow people in crisis to have a dignified Christmas.
The six bags were raised for the charity Share The Dignity, for their November It’s In The Bag campaign.
The bags contain mostly toiletries and items other wise taken for granted that people in strife often have trouble acquiring when relying on essential crisis services.
“It’s personal things, deodorant for boys, soap, tooth paste, tooth brushes, pads, things they might not be able to afford,” said surgical nurse Bev Lothian.
This month all the bags raised across Australia will be distributed by Share The Dignity’s partners which are a collection of other charitable organisations mostly made up of women's shelters.
Mrs Lothian said she and her colleagues have also put together a couple of ‘boys bags’.
According to Mrs Lothian, Christmas presents have also been included in each of the bags and she is hoping that some of them will be reaching teenagers in strife.
“Teenagers actually do miss out on a lot,” Mrs Lothian said.
“Children quite often get their Christmas presents from the Salvation Army but the teens miss out.”
"Just maybe if it saves two or three lives good, we’ve done our job,” Mrs Lothian said.
According to Mrs Lothian it was her colleague Helen See who came up with idea for the Griffith Base Surgery Ward to fill six bags for Share The Dignity.
Mrs Lothian said Helen was herself inspired after seeing a video about the campaign made by a teenage girl and shared over social media.
“I was in Sydney and I said I’ll get the bags while I’m up here and everyone at the surgical ward will put in and teenagers who are under privileged will benefit,” Mrs Lothian said.
“It’s just a donation, do on to others, that’s my line that’s what I taught my children and hopefully it’s what I hope to teach my grandchildren,” Mrs Lothian said.
In March the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s reported that domestic and family violence is the main reason why people access homelessness services.
Women who are indigenous, young or pregnant were deemed the most vulnerable to being forced to seek crisis shelter due to domestic violence.
According to the institute more the 40 per cent of homeless people are under the age of 25.
Last year over 40,000 bags were collected for the It's In The Bag campaign.
Anyone who is wishing to donate to the charity Share The Dignity should visit the charities’ website at sharethedignity.com.au
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