Melbourne Period Project have launched a fantastic appeal for homeless women in Melbourne.

What they are asking is for you to buy a small gift for the receiver and place it in an old hand bag you no longer use and give it to a woman in need. Through their amazing partners Anonymous X and Pay A Sack Forward – PASF, women experiencing homelessness in Melbourne already receive a great supply of toiletries and of course sanitary products.

But no one will be buying anything for these women this Christmas. So, they are hoping you amazing people out there could chip in and buy something for a person currently experiencing homelessness, which they will deliver along with the Period Packs to Launch Housing and Women’s Housing Victoria.

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Some ideas you might like to think of are:

Anything that would make you feel special at Christmas!
Pyjamas (we can sort out sizing)
Bling (necklace, earings, nickel free please)
Notepad and paper set
Body shop type products (Loofa, nice oils etc)

And anything else you can think of that would make a person feel special at Christmas.

Please only give a bag you’d also use. Nothing broken, ripped, dirty or unusable. We wan’t to make people feel special and we know we wouldn’t feel special receiving a bag that was old, torn or useless.

You can wrap your present leaving a note inside the bag of what it is, or you can leave it for them to wrap and pass on.

We would ask that you have your bag and present ready and dropped off to one of our official business drop off points by 3 December. This gives us three weeks to collect the bags and have them distributed to our partners. If you don’t have a spare bag but would still like to give a gift, please do. If you have a bag, and prefer not to give a gift, that’s absolutely ok. We’ll match the spare bags and gifts together.

Please feel free to write a card for your intended recipient and wish them a Merry Christmas.

At a rough guess, we’re going to need around 600-700 bags so the more people who can participate, the better.

Our wonderful partners in SA, Essentials 4 Women SA are also taking part in this great initiative! Please pass this on to any friends or family you have there who might like to help out.

More details and drop off points on their Facebook page – Melbourne Period Project or Essentials 4 Women SA

SA – Essentials 4 Women SA
NSW – Sydney Period Project
VIC – Melbourne Period Project
QLD – Brisbane Period Project

Why not launch a similar campaign in your state!

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  • Not for this organisation as we weren’t aware of it. The craft group in my area makes what are called Comfort Bags in which we put tissues, toothbrushe and toothpaste, a comb, soap and deodorant.. We make them from waterproof material – curtain material with backing is ideal. and put a drawstring in the top. The reason we use waterproof fabric is when they pack them, they don’t get clothing wet. We also make boxer type pants in various sizes and they are packed in a clean box. We give these to the Womens and Childrens’ Hospital. They can be given to Mums who go to hospital to give birth and have nothing, or Mums who have come in with sick or injured children and not been able to collect things for herself. The Mums choose the pants according to their size. We also make up packs for children. They have coloured pencils and colouring in books or books they can draw in and toothbrushes. We buy small childrens books to be distributed with them. We also knit teddies that are often used in the Emergency Dept to comfort little ones while they are being treated. It also gives them something to hold, keeping litle hands busy making it easier to work without having to hold them while administering medication, stitches etc.


  • This is such a great initiative. I hope it is just not for Christmas; should be an ongoing initiative. My church did a similar thing for Christmas – we were asked to buy back packs for school children at the domestic violence centre. Most times these children have left the family home with nothing and hence these backpacks allow them to go to school with all the essentials. The backpacks are filled with school uniforms, underwear and socks, stationery etc.


  • A very great idea thanks for bring it to my attention it was something I can do


  • A very worthwhile cause.


  • this is a really great idea! let’s do something nice for fellow ladies! it is hard to be homeless and still have to deal with it all and then get your period! it would be great if this project was run in every town, not just the cities.


  • A terrific project and initiative which is brilliant for women.


  • Love it. Such a fantastic idea that I will get involved in


  • This is a fantastic idea. I’m definetly getting involved this year!!


  • This is a really wonderful project.
    We have a safe home (not far from us) that supply emergency accommodation and help to mums and children who have fled abuse. I regularly do up a hamper and drop it off and like to do a special one around Christmas with gifts and special food.
    Giving is so rewarding it makes you all warm and fuzzy inside.


  • What a great initiative. I hope a lot of people will join in!

    • Hear, hear – we need to support all women.


  • What a wonderful idea – thank you for making me/us aware of the campaign.


  • Really like this idea as everything about the present helps recipients in their everyday lives. It’s so tough at Christmas for so many people and every little things we can do helps so much.


  • beautiful – what a wonderful thing to do some women in need :) Thank you for making us aware of how we can help in our states :)


  • Lke hs


  • What a great idea. How sad must these people be, especially at Christmas time, such a small thing can make such a huge difference to their day. I’ll be keeping an eye out for a similar thing to kick off in Tas


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