Residents are encouraged to support a campaign to help women in crisis this Christmas.
It is as simple as filling a spare handbag with personal care items to make a woman feel special, and add a note or Christmas card, before dropping it at a collection point.
Personal care items can include items such as a toothbrush, soap, shampoo and conditioner, as well as sanitary items.
It’s in the Bag is a Share the Dignity campaign.
The initiative will help brighten the lives of homeless women, women at risk and women who have fled domestic violence.
Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams, speaking in Parliament on November 16, said it was such a great campaign.
“It is a grassroots campaign in which everybody in the community can participate and make a difference to the lives of women – importantly, those of women who are fleeing domestic violence, who have found themselves homeless and who often struggle to find the funds to buy essential items such as sanitary pads,” she said.
Collection points are at Bunnings Port Macquarie and the Commonwealth Bank branches at Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton.
The campaign runs until December 2.
Mrs Williams said the It's in the Bag initiative was simple to be part of.
“It is significant that this initiative happens just before Christmas,” she said.
“As women who are fleeing domestic violence head into the Christmas period, they often put other people before themselves.
“Often purchasing something for themselves, especially personal items, is the last thing women think about.”