SUPPORT: Rochelle Davey and Tina Kirkham Smith with some of the donated bags.
SUPPORT: Rochelle Davey and Tina Kirkham Smith with some of the donated bags. Contributed

Gympie shows support really is in the bag

GYMPIE'S generosity was on display in support of White Ribbon Day, with 296 bags donated to help Share the Dignity's It's in the Bag campaign.

The purpose of the campaign was to help provide basic sanitary necessities to women in need.

Gympie businesswoman Tina Kirkham Smith, a volunteer for the organisation, said she and fellow volunteer Rochelle Davey were "blown away” by the support.

While the purpose of the campaign was to help provide free sanitary items like tampons and pads for women who could not afford them, Ms Smith said she was stunned by some of the other items which had also been donated.

These included two $200 watches, jewellery, book readers, and inspirational journals.

She was particularly thankful to Gympie Central Shopping Centre management, who she said were inundated - receiving 15 overflowing shopping trolleys of donated bags.

Ms Smith said she was overwhelmed by the response from organisations she distributed the bags to, feeling like "Santa” as she went about her deliveries.

The Gympie Times also served as a collection point on the day, and general manager Tracey McKean said the response from the community has been fantastic.

"We were very happy to receive 12 bags on the morning, which helped kick off Gympie's effort to help those in need.”

Overall, Mrs McKean said The Gympie Times was proud to be able to extend a helping hand to people in the region.

"The Gympie Times has been a long time supporter of many charity and community organisations,” Mrs McKean said.

"We believe the It's in the Bag initiative to be very important to women in our region who need a helping hand.”

With their next campaign in April, Ms Smith is asking people who wished to help to please start collecting feminine hygiene products.