There is a different type of present under the Harvest Christmas tree this year.
Handbags of every size and colour, filled to the brim with goods, can be found stacked in the corner ready for a new home.
This is all thanks to 20 female Goulburn Mulwaree Council staff members who donated 34 bags in under a fortnight as part of the national campaign ‘It’s in the Bag’ in the lead up to Christmas.
The bags, filled with shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant and sanitary items will be donated to homeless women and women of domestic violence.
“This was an initiative driven by the passionate female staff of council with the joint goal of making a difference in the lives of those in need this Christmas. It has been inspiring to see exactly what we are capable of when combining this shared passion,” council human resources coordinator Georgie Stephenson said.
Women in the local area will be the first to receive these completed bags.
“Overall we collected and filled 34 bags, which is an outstanding effort by the female staff at Council. Some donated completed bags while others donated cash, toiletries and spare bags separately,” she said.
“Some staff additionally chose to include handmade items and notes to add an extra thoughtful and personal touch.”
To donate, or nominate your business as a collection point, head here.