#ItsInTheBag

#ItsInTheBag is Share the Dignity's annual event where we encourage everyday Australians to put together bags filled with essential items, to donate to someone in need for Christmas.

The bags are dropped off at Bunnings by generous Aussies, such as yourself, and are distributed to 3,000 Australian charities that have registered with Share the Dignity. These charities then hand out your donated bags to people in need for Christmas. For 2021, collections points for bag donations will be open at every Bunnings store across Australia from 19 to 28 November.

In 2020, we were able to donate 93,981 #ItsInTheBag donations to women, girls and those who menstruate bringing our four-year total to 617,517 bag donations.

How do you donate your bags?

  1. Find a good condition or new bag to fill (e.g. handbag, backpack or duffel)
  2. Fill the bag with essential items (listed below)
  3. You can then add in some extra special additions and a handwritten note
  4. Tell your friends about #ItsInTheBag
  5. Take to any Bunnings across Australia for collection between 19-28 November 2021
  6. Feel warm and fuzzy for making someone feel special at Christmas!

Can't get to a Bunnings between 19-28 November?

  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 and donate it for you.

It's more than a bag! Can't get to a Bunnings store?
Sprinkle some love and Sponsor a Bag this Christmas.

Sponsor a Bag

How do you donate your bags?

  1. Find a good condition or new bag to fill (e.g. handbag, backpack or duffel)
  2. Fill the bag with essential items (listed below)
  3. You can then add in some extra special additions and a handwritten note
  4. Tell your friends about #ItsInTheBag
  5. Take to any Bunnings across Australia for collection between 19-28 November 2021
  6. Feel warm and fuzzy for making someone feel special at Christmas!

Who are the bags for?

There are three types of bags you can put together for #ItsInTheBag to ensure those in need receive the items best suited to them.

The bag options are:

  1. Adult bags
  2. Teen bags (identified with yellow ribbons or tags) 
  3. Mum & bub bags (identified by purple ribbons or tags).

Essentials for
Adult bags

  • 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 (full size preferred)
  • Conditioner (full size preferred)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant (roll-on or tins like No Pong only. no aerosols)
  • Soap or body wash

Essentials for
Teen bags

  • Sanitary and period products suitable for young bodies (pads, tampons, incontinence pads, reusable pads, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups)
  • Shampoo (full size preferred)
  • Conditioner (full size preferred)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant (roll-on or tins like No Pong only. no aerosols)
  • Soap or body wash

Please identify a teen bag by using a yellow bag tag or ribbon

Essentials for
Mum & bub bags

  • Sanitary and period products suitable for mums (Maternity pads, incontinence pads etc.)
  • Shampoo (full size preferred)
  • Conditioner (full size preferred)
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant (roll-on or tins like No Pong only. no aerosols)
  • Soap or body wash
  • Breast pads
  • Newborn nappies
  • Baby Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Baby soap or wash
  • Disposable nappy bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Dummies
  • Nappy rash cream

Please identify a Mum & bub bag by using a purple bag tag or ribbon

Extra special additions
for your bags

  • Books
  • Drink bottle
  • Face wipes/baby wipes
  • Face mask/hand sanitiser
  • Gift vouchers
  • Hair ties/clips/scrunchies
  • Headphones
  • Jewellery
  • Make up
  • Movie tickets
  • Nail polish
  • Socks
  • Stationery (paper, pens)
  • Tissues
  • Towel
  • Underwear (one size fits all)

Please don't include

  • Used or open items
  • Pharmaceutical items (including condoms, throat lozenges, medication and vitamins)
  • Food and drinks of any kind (including tea, gum, mints)
  • Aerosol sprays such as deodorant, body sprays, dry shampoo
  • Sharp objects (including razors and scissors)
  • Loose tampons and pads (please contact your local shelters to see if they can accept these)

Please remember

  • The bag itself needs to be in good condition but can be a pre-loved handbag or backpack
  • All donations must be brand new, still sealed and in their original packaging
  • Separated bulk pack items must be individually sealed
  • All donations must comply with packaging TGA code of practice
  • Handmade items must be brand new, not used, (packaged if possible) with a note saying ‘handmade/new by [name]’.

Host your own packing party

Bring together your family, friends and colleagues to put together bags full of life's essentials to ensure no woman, girl or person who menstruates goes without this Christmas.

With all the resources you need, ready to go, it's the easiest way to give back!

Get started

Resources

Download our #ItsInTheBag resources to help with your bags, or social tiles to share on your socials!

#ItsInTheBag Teen Social Tile

#ItsInTheBag Teen Social Tile

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#ItsInTheBag Adult Social Tile

#ItsInTheBag Adult Social Tile

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#ItsInTheBag Mum & Bub Social Tile

#ItsInTheBag Mum & Bub Social Tile

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#ItsInTheBag social tile 2021

#ItsInTheBag social tile 2021

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#ItsInTheBag - checklist

#ItsInTheBag - checklist

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#ItsInTheBag story (single)

#ItsInTheBag story (single)

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#ItsInThe Bag - poster

#ItsInThe Bag - poster

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#ItsInThe Bag - Tag - Adult

#ItsInThe Bag - Tag - Adult

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#ItsInThe Bag - Tag - Mum&Bub

#ItsInThe Bag - Tag - Mum&Bub

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#ItsInThe Bag - Tag - Teen

#ItsInThe Bag - Tag - Teen

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#ItsInTheBag FAQs

When is #ItsInTheBag 2021 and where can I donate?

#ItsInTheBag 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 volunteer (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't go inside bags/what are prohibited items?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept these items:

  • Used or open items
  • Pharmaceutical items (including condoms, throat lozenges, medication and vitamins)
  • Food and drinks of any kind (including tea, gum, mints)
  • Aerosol sprays such as deodorant, body sprays, dry shampoo
  • Sharp objects (including razors and scissors)
  • Loose tampons and pads (please contact your local shelters to see if they can accept these)
  • Used clothing (including bras)

Nail clippers and sewing kits are fine, so long as they are new, unopened and don't include scissors.

Please remember:

  • The bag itself needs to be in good condition but can be a pre-loved handbag or backpack
  • All donations must be brand new, still sealed and in their original packaging
  • Separated bulk pack items must be individually sealed
  • All donations must comply with TGA packaging standards 
  • Handmade items must be brand new, not used, (packaged if possible) with a note saying ‘handmade/new by [name]’.

What goes inside Adult bags?

Essentials for Adult bags

  • 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 (full size preferred)
  • Conditioner (full size preferred)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant (roll-on or tins like No Pong only. no aerosols)
  • Soap or body wash

Don't include

  • Used or open items
  • Pharmaceutical items (including condoms, throat lozenges, medication and vitamins)
  • Food and drinks of any kind (including tea, gum, mints)
  • Aerosol sprays such as deodorant, body sprays, dry shampoo
  • Sharp objects (including razors and scissors)
  • Loose tampons and pads (please contact your local shelters to see if they can accept these)
  • Used clothing (including bras)

Please remember

  • The bag itself needs to be in good condition but can be a pre-loved handbag or backpack
  • 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 packaging TGA code of practice
  • All handmade items must be brand new and not used

What goes inside Teen bags?

Essentials for Teen bags

  • Sanitary and period products suitable for young bodies (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 (full size preferred)
  • Conditioner (full size preferred)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant (roll-on or tins like No Pong only. no aerosols)
  • Soap or body wash

Unfortunately, we cannot accept these items:

  • Used or open items
  • Pharmaceutical items (including condoms, throat lozenges, medication and vitamins)
  • Food and drinks of any kind (including tea, gum, mints)
  • Aerosol sprays such as deodorant, body sprays, dry shampoo
  • Sharp objects (including razors and scissors)
  • Loose tampons and pads (please contact your local shelters to see if they can accept these)
  • Used clothing (including bras)

Nail clippers and sewing kits are fine, so long as they are new, unopened and don't include scissors.

Please remember

  • The bag itself needs to be in good condition but can be a pre-loved handbag or backpack
  • 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 packaging TGA code of practice
  • All handmade items must be brand new and not used

What goes inside Mum & bub bags?

Essentials for Mum & bub bags

  • Sanitary and period products suitable for mums (Maternity pads, incontinence pads etc.)
  • Shampoo (full size preferred)
  • Conditioner (full size preferred)
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant (roll-on or tins like No Pong only. no aerosols)
  • Soap or body wash
  • Breast pads
  • Newborn nappies
  • Baby Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Baby soap or wash
  • Disposable nappy bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Dummies
  • Nappy rash cream

Please identify a Mum & bub bag by using a purple bag tag or ribbon

Unfortunately, we cannot accept these items:

  • Used or open items
  • Pharmaceutical items (including condoms, throat lozenges, medication and vitamins)
  • Food and drinks of any kind (including tea, gum, mints)
  • Aerosol sprays such as deodorant, body sprays, dry shampoo
  • Sharp objects (including razors and scissors)
  • Loose tampons and pads (please contact your local shelters to see if they can accept these)
  • Used clothing (including bras)

Nail clippers and sewing kits are fine, so long as they are new, unopened and don't include scissors.

Please remember

  • The bag itself needs to be in good condition but can be a pre-loved handbag or backpack
  • 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 packaging TGA code of practice
  • All handmade items must be brand new and not used

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 standards set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, particularly around packing and labelling.

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.

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.

What if I accidentally donate something prohibited?

Our wonderful volunteers (Sheroes) inspect the bag to ensure all the essentials there. If we come across any prohibited items, they are removed and offered separately to registered charities, if the items are safe for them to accept.

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.

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

Can I donate used or lightly used clothes (including bras)?

Please don't include these items in your bags. You can reach out to your local charities (like domestic violence refuges) to see if they would like a donation. Find your nearest on Ask Izzy.

Are bags that are donated checked or looked at before being donated?

Once collected, all bags are checked by our volunteers (Sheroes) before being taken to the charities. We remove any prohibited items, but the bags remain fairly intact from how they were donated otherwise. Removed items are offered separately to registered charities if the items are safe for them to accept.

I have a lot of bags to donate, what should I do?

If you have a large donation, you can still take them to Bunnings Store between 19-28 November 2021. Don’t worry, we have our volunteers emptying the large collection boxes multiple times a day so they will fit!

What happens if there are COVID-19 restrictions or lockdowns? Can I still donate?

We are working on COVID-19 contingency plans. If there are COVID-19 restrictions during #ItsInTheBag from 19-28 November, we will keep our website updated with information based on each state's guidelines. 

Can I become a collection point?

If you'd like to, you can become a local collection point. We won't be advertising any collection points outside of Bunnings stores, but we know so many of you are working hard to collect too! All you need to do is make sure all the bags you've collected are donated to any Bunnings store before close of business, Sunday 28 November 2021.

Why donate a bag?

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