At a time when receiving is an expectation, Mid-Western residents are encouraged to Share the Dignity, supporting fellow locals in need.
For some of the region's women, accessing sanitary items for their monthly period is beyond their means, and there is no exception for the festive season.
According to Share the Dignity, one in five of women have to improvise when managing their periods, it's a reality that's motivating the not-for-profit's #ItsInTheBag campaign.
"It makes such a difference in a woman's life to think somebody is helping them individually, saying it's ok and you're going to be alright, and supporting them with items they need," Mudgee Share the Dignity volunteer, Joy Shawe said.
"At Christmas time, a lot of homeless women don't have anyone who will be giving them anything, so it lifts their spirits to know that somebody is thinking about them when contributing to the campaign."
While this year has been a bit of a "slow" start, pace has now picked up with local stores jumping on board with the community, donating bags full of sanitary items (pads, tampons), shampoo and conditioners, toothbrushes, toothpastes, deodorants, soaps, and accessories.
"We ask people to donate a new bag or one in a reasonable condition filled with essentials, accessories and a handwritten note of encouragement," Ms Shawe said.
"Once they are collected, local charities will distribute them to women in need."
When asked why people should participate in the campaign, Ms Shawe put it simply; "it's a nice thing to do for somebody".
"I think we all need in life to think of other people occasionally. It could be me, it could be anybody who needs this kind of support.
"There's no better feeling than giving. To think of other people instead, it gives you back your faith in humanity."
Share the Dignity #ItsInTheBag donations can be dropped off at Bunnings until November 28.
"If anybody can help out in any way that would be wonderful. Every little bit helps," Ms Shawe said.
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