It's in the Bag

It's in the Bag is Share the Dignity's annual event where we encourage every day Australians to donate a bag to someone in need for Christmas. The bags are filled with essential items and are distributed to 3,000 Australian charities that have registered with us. 

For 2021, collections will open at every Bunnings store across Australia from 19 to 28 November.

If you would like to donate outside of collection time, you have two options:

  1. Mail your donation directly to us:
    Share the Dignity
    PO Box 345
    Sandgate QLD 4017
  2. Sponsor a bag through our website and we will pack it for you

In 2020, we were able to donate 93,981 It's in the Bag donations to women, girls and those who menstruate bringing our four-year total to 613,317 bag donations. The bags were made up of so much love and care from all who donated, filled with basic essentials, period products, and special gifts for people in need at Christmas time.

What's in the bag?

We collect three types of bags for Its in the Bag to ensure those in need receive the items best suited to them. The three types of bags we collect are outlined below.

Bags should be large, brand new or like-new condition and ideally can close with zipping or clasp.

In each bag, we ask that you fill it with the below-listed essentials. We then ask that if you can, you add some luxury items to make someone in need feel special at Christmas time. Items such as a water bottle, scrunchies, hairbrush, skincare, or makeup - the choice is yours!

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Download our #ItsInTheBag social tiles to share with your friends and use our checklist to ensure you have the essentials in your donation.

It's in the Bag - Tag - Mum&Bub

It's in the Bag - Tag - Mum&Bub

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It's in the Bag - Tag - Teen

It's in the Bag - Tag - Teen

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It's in the Bag - Tag - Adult

It's in the Bag - Tag - Adult

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It's in the Bag - poster

It's in the Bag - poster

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It's in the Bag - checklist

It's in the Bag - checklist

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It's in the Bag - checklist x2

It's in the Bag - checklist x2

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IITB Essentials Social Tile

IITB Essentials Social Tile

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IITB Social Tile 1

IITB Social Tile 1

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IITB Social Tile 2

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When is It's in the Bag 2021 and where can I donate?

It's in the Bag is Share the Dignity's annual event where we encourage every day Australians to donate a bag to someone in need for Christmas. The bags are filled with essential items and are distributed to 3,000 Australian charities that have registered with us. 

For 2021, collections will open at every Bunnings store across Australia from 19 to 28 November.

If you would like to donate outside of collection time, you have two options:

  1. Mail your donation directly to us:
    Share the Dignity
    PO Box 345
    Sandgate QLD 4017
  2. Sponsor a bag through our website and we will pack it for you.

Where can I drop off my bags?

Drop off your donations to any Bunnings Store between 19-28 November 2021. These collection boxes will be at every store nationwide. 

Find your nearest Bunnings and their trading hours on the Bunnings website.

We are a primarily volunteer-run organisation, and do not have the Shero-power to arrange collection outside these times.

If COVID-19 restrictions mean you are unable to get to a Bunnings store, post your bags to us: PO Box 345 Sandgate QLD 4017.

What can go inside the bags?

If you’re already preparing for It’s In The Bag 2021 campaign, we are firstly so impressed by your organisation, and secondly wanted to remind you of what is needed in each bag.

Please remember

  • All donations must be brand new, still sealed and in their original packaging. Please do not separate out bulk packs.
  • All donations must comply with Australian Quality Standards.
  • All handmade items must be brand new and not used.

Essentials for an Adult bag

  • Sanitary and period products (pads, tampons, incontinence pads, reusable pads, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups). We collect this variety of period products, so everyone in need receives their preferred period product.
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Roll-on deodorant
  • Soap or body wash

Essential for a Mum & Bub bag

  • Maternity pads
  • Breast pads
  • Newborn nappies
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Roll-on deodorant
  • Baby soap or body wash
  • Disposable nappy bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Dummies
  • Nappy rash cream

Essential for Teen bag:

  • Sanitary and period products suitable for young bodies (pads, tampons, incontinence pads, reusable pads, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Roll-on deodorant
  • Soap or body wash

Are hotel toiletries okay to donate?

Full-sized items are preferred so they will last longer for the recipient, however, hotel-sized items will still be accepted.

I have an open packet/item, can I donate this?

No. All donations must be brand new, still sealed in their original packaging and must comply with Australian quality standards.

Pads, tampons and nappies must be in brand new, unopened packaging.

Handmade items must be brand new and not used, in a package with instructions, where it was made, by who and use of product information.

What if I accidentally donate something prohibited?

The Share the Dignity team inspects each bag to ensure all the essentials are in each bag to make it complete. If we come across any prohibited items, we remove them and ask our designated charities if they want to accept them.

Can someone come and collect bags from us?

As a predominantly volunteer-based charity, Share the Dignity doesn't have the facilities, resources or Shero-power to organise collections directly.

Do my donations go to someone locally? 

We are a national charity so depending on what the charities have requested, most donations will stay in the state but if donations are needed in other parts of Australia and we have surplus to share, we would ship them to where they are needed.

I have empty bags or spare items to donate, can I donate them too?

We will accept empty bags. The bags can be new or used. If you are using a pre-loved handbag, we ask that it is in great condition, clean and no clear signs of use.

Feel free to add other brand-new items into the collection bins that can be used for other bags, we are often short on essentials.

My bag won't be ready by 28 November, what should I do?

Please post your items to us at: PO Box 345 Sandgate QLD 4017.

As a predominantly volunteer-based charity, Share the Dignity doesn't have the facilities, resources or Shero-power to organise collections directly.

Can I donate reusable items like period undies, menstrual cups and handmade pads?

Absolutely! They need to be brand new, in packaging that meets the TGA guidelines for menstrual cups, just to be safe.

The items can be open but MUST NOT BE USED, even lightly. 

This means for:

  • Period undies there must be tags on or still in their boxes
  • Menstrual cups must be packaging and instructions that include information on Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
  • Reusable pads must be packaged and include
    • The name of your product
    • Instructions for use
    • List of products used to create the item
    • The name and address of the manufacturer or the sponsor
    • The batch number or serial number for the product contained within the pack
    • If your product comes in multiple sizes, the size of the unit contained in the pack

Why donate a bag?

Hear from people who have benefited from donations Share the Dignity has been able to provide.