Saturday, 20 October 2018

What's In My Bag: #ItsInTheBag Christmas Campaign Edition!

A what's in my bag post with a bit of a difference!

You might recall I mentioned a very inspiring and moving talk by Rochelle at the blogger's brunch a few months ago. Rochelle runs Share the Dignity, a charity that aims to provide women across Australia with access to sanitary products.

It's In The Bag is their Christmas campaign. Given my fondness for handbags, I had to share this with you.

What's In My Bag: Share The Dignity It's In The Bag Campaign Christmas 2018 | awayfromblue


Just grab one of your gently used bags you no longer need, or buy a new one, and fill it up to give to a woman or girl at need over Christmas. It's an impactful way you can help women who are homeless, at risk, or experiencing domestic violence. You fill it with new essentials like pads or tampons, other hygiene products, and little (non-food) treats to let a someone in need know they are being thought of at Christmas.

I shared the bag I chose to donate in the video below, along with what I filled it with and why!



The Gabi bag was an obvious choice! As I discussed in the video, it's my kind of bag with multiple ways you can wear it. I love bags you can wear multiple ways! Someone will be thrilled to get this at Christmas. (Checkout the video to see what it looks like worn).

Each of the handbags available for purchase on the site is named after one of the women who have been helped by the campaign. The Gabi bag is named because of a lovely lady who donated to the campaign in 2017. Gabi herself was homeless the year before and had benefited from the campaign, and she wanted to give back the next year.

Gabi's story is so inspiring and shows you that you don't need a large budget, just a large heart to get involved with the campaign.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Why not shop the share the dignity website to find some Christmas gifts? The majority of the bags and clutches are PU faux leather and vegan friendly, and all proceeds help fund the charity programs.
  • Share the campaign with your friends/family.
  • Start putting a bag together of your own to donate. See my tips below.



What Should You Include In Your Handbag Donation?

As well as the items you saw in the video, these are some helpful suggestions for things you could include.



Follow Share the Dignity on facebook for more ideas!

Tips:

  • Start buying now so that you can take advantage of sales and specials on products to make the most of your budget. 
  • Try Kmart or eBay for cheap but cheerful accessories, look out for specials on hygiene products at Priceline and don't forget you can pick up some extras with your weekly shop at Coles or Woolworths, both have a good selection of products and often sales.
  • You will be able to drop off your donation between 16th November and 2nd December 2018, so you have plenty of time to get shopping.

Have you donated to #ItsInTheBag before? What did or would you put in your bag?


Note: I was not paid for this post. As always: all thoughts, opinions and images are my own.


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66 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful cause, Mica:) Not only is that bag gorgeous, but I love all the stuff you put in there. All useful for sure. The necklace and the Clinique pouch are great additions as well.
    Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thanks Emmy! I thought they were cute additions and hopefully they go to good use!

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  2. What a great cause! I love their mission! Gorgeous bag and all of the additions will be so appreciated! Thank you for sharing this!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  3. Oh what a great way to help people in need and I love that it was inspired by someone who had this experience. And oh that black is soooo chic.

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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    1. The stories behind each of the bags are so bittersweet - naming them after people who have gone through so much is such a clever idea!

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  4. This is such a wonderful cause, Mica! I can't believe I hadn't heard about it. Thanks so much for introducing it! I am definitely going to start putting a bag together. Such a great idea! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Mica! ;) XXX

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    1. I'm so glad I could introduce you to this Sasha! I'd love to see your final bag, I hope you post about it :)

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  5. That's such a wonderful thing to do for the holidays. There are so many people less fortunate than us. It's wonderful to be able to help someone.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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    1. Yes, this is such a nice way to help at Christmas time!

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  6. I love this campaign! It is perfect to share the love to others who are not as fortunate and fill it up with the necessities. It is important to have good hygiene, especially as a female. It's great that there are so many different ways to contribute. Thanks for sharing these tips and awareness!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Thanks Nancy! It is a great idea! :)

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  7. That is such a wonderful idea. I give back each year around Christmas and will see if there are similar charities in Germany.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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    1. I hope you can find something similar! It's heartbreaking to think of these people going without the bare essentials, especially at Christmas.

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  8. I love this idea. So wonderful and thoughtful, especially during the holidays. The black bag is so lovely, by the way. Thanks for sharing this, beaut! <3 xoxo

    Kay
    https://www.shoesandglitter.com

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  9. What a wonderful cause Mica, such an awesome idea.

    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  10. This is such a lovely idea, the checklist is awesome, thanks for sharing this!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. The checklist is so helpful! I referred to it a few times when shopping for the bag!

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  11. You have so many stuff in your bag :O

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yes, and it will all go to someone in need at Christmas!

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  12. Oh cool! A fun post! hope you're having a great weekend love!

    www.jessicabroyles.com

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  13. What a great way to make someone in need's holiday special!
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. I hope it really does make the lucky lady who gets it feel special!

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  14. That's such a great idea and a really fun way to package a care bag. So nice of you to highlight it with a blog post.
    X, Julie | This Main Line Life

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  15. What a fun way to help someone in need. Have a great weekend.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

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  16. What a list! You've covered every essential dear. Thanks for the tips!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  17. Gifting a bag filled with products is a great way to make some woman know she is thought of in Christmas. Such a great idea for a donation! A donation likes this one feels more personal because it was hand picked and I think the lady who receives it will feel the love. A great cause for sure. You picked lovely products (and a bag) to gift. The tips for donating are wonderful as well.

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    1. Thanks Ivana! I'm glad you found the tips helpful. I am hoping it brings a smile to a ladies face at Christmas!

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  18. Love it when companies do this! That s a good story about the Gabi bag!

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  19. This is such a great way to give back! Thanks for sharing!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  20. What an amazing campaign, especially in time for Christmas! It's a really lovely handbag too xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

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  21. This is very nice, and a great way to give back.
    new post
    https://www.melodyjacob.com/2018/10/how-to-style-waistcoat.html

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  22. What wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit of giving and help those in need. You put together a great bag with many lovely and thoughtful items. I'm sure whoever receives it will really appreciate everything.

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    1. Thanks Rowena! I hope it is really helpful to whoever receives it!

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  23. You have inspired me to do this so thank you. A simple but extremely beneficial way to support women in our community. All of these things are needs but pricey. I am on it and will be sharing your post on my FB. Good work.

    bosbodaciousblog.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad that I could inspire you to do this too! :)

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  24. A lot of interesting products!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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  25. That's such a wonderful and unique way to give back! I try to do something like this every year, last year I did the shoebox donation thing!

    Junniku blog!~

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    1. The shoebox is a good way to donate too! I never seem to have a spare shoebox, haha!

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  26. what a good and literally 'good' project to be apart of! Katelyn/www.theyellowspectacles.com

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  27. Great content and love your thoughts on this post

    💗💗Love your post and thank you so much💗💗

    Hope you had an amazing week!!

    I am glad you enjoyed reading my recent posts and thank you!!

    Harija Ravi

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  28. This is such a wonderful way to give back to those who need it! I love the concept of filling a bag up with products women need. Not only do they get the products but also a bag they can use too. It's great that you're doing this and spreading the word about it too!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

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    1. Thanks Kara! it's a great way to help someone in need!

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  29. This is so interesting!
    Nice post, Dear!
    www.recklessdiary.ru

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  30. I love this idea! What an amazing way to make a special Christmas for someone! The bag is gorgeous and love all the goodies you put inside too :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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    1. Thanks Shauna. I hope it does make someone feel special on Christmas!

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  31. what a wonderful way for Christmas! Love all the goodies inside it! :)

    xoxo Babita
    http://travelhues.com/

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  32. Oh wow you got such good stuff
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.om

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    1. Thanks! I hope the lady who receives it really likes it!

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  33. Mica this is such a wonderful idea. Truly. I definitely wouldn't mind contributing to this too. It's these kind of little luxuries that people don't realise are luxuries when you're down and out. Thanks for sharing

    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

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    1. Thanks Sonia. It's heartbreaking to think of them having nothing, I hope this helps!

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  34. What a great concept! What woman doesn't love a new handbag? And how thoughtful to have it filled with all of thee essentials! Thanks for sharing this campaign!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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    1. Thanks Gina! It is a great thing to do at Christmas time!

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  35. What an awesome idea - I love this and am definitely going to do it!

    www.voguefauxreal.com

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    1. I am so glad I could encourage you to do it! It's a very thoughtful thing to do!

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  36. I do not recall reading about this Mica but its such a great idea-

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    1. It is a wonderful idea. I was so moved by Rochelle's speech I knew I had to take part and share about it!

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  37. I love this campaign! We have some ladies in the mums group here doing some collections for Share the Dignity, and the response has been fantastic. You've done well to collect all of those products for the organisation!

    Eileen | 5feetofstyle.com

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    1. Such a good idea to get the mum's group behind it too Eileen! :) Thank you.

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  38. What a great cause and campaign, I'm sure they will really appreciate what you're giving!

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  39. Thanks all for your encouraging comments - so pleased I could inspire some of you to put your own bag together too!

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