It'S In The Bag At Bethanie Joondanna
Bethanie, Western Australia’s most recognised not-for-profit aged care and retirement living providers has been busy supporting the ‘It’s in the Bag’ Christmas campaign with staff and residents at Bethanie Joondanna.
‘It’s in the Bag’ is about giving the gift of a little luxury to women experiencing hardship at Christmas time. The idea behind the national campaign is for Australians to donate a handbag they no longer use and fill it with items that would make a woman feel special, accompanied by a personal note to show that she matters and someone cares.
Over the past month, approximately 20 residents at Bethanie Joondanna were involved in packing bags, each accompanied by a personal message. These care packages for disadvantaged women were filled with donated items as well as items purchased through volunteer contributions.
Thanks to the great generosity from friends and family at Bethanie, Bethanie Joondanna managed to put together a total of 58 bags this year for ‘It’s in the Bag’.
Bethanie Joondanna Chaplain, Sue Wilkins said the residents loved taking part in this campaign and that this is the third year in a row they have taken part.
“We had a bag packing party with residents from Bethanie Joondanna who helped a group of staff and volunteers pack the bags. Everyone had such a great time and it was very exciting to be a part of such a good cause.
“Items such as shampoo, sunscreen and soaps were donated for the bags from the residents, in addition to a few luxurious items including makeup, lovely pieces of jewellery, perfumes and personal handwritten cards to help the recipients feel special.
“It’s only a small gesture but we know the gift of a bag filled with both useful and personal items would mean the world to someone in need, particularly at this time of year. It was a fun and rewarding activity that put smiles on everyone involved and we can’t wait to do it all over again next year,” said Sue.