The campaign aims to provide at least 1,000 bags of essential and luxury items to individuals and families in need this Christmas. To take part, supporters can either donate the cost of a bag through the #ItsInTheBag fundraiser or host a hygiene drive with colleagues, friends, or family and donate new, or unopened essential and luxury toiletries. The Hygiene Bank Ireland will fill, pack and distribute the bags to local charities in time for Christmas.
The Hygiene Bank Ireland, which launched in November 2019, now has seven projects located in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Donegal, Wicklow and Tipperary. It has distributed nearly 35,000kg to date to over 40 local communities through charity links. The aim is to alleviate the pressure of hygiene poverty felt by many families across the country, when financial struggles mean that food, rent, and bills are prioritised over hygiene products.
There are three ways that supporters can help The Hygiene Bank Ireland this Christmas, including donations to one of the drop-off points listed on the website, monetary donations via the iDonate page, or by agreeing to host a hygiene drive at school, college, or work.
The Hygiene Bank Ireland will collect for #ItsInTheBag from 1 to 30 November, so that all donations may be sorted and distributed to charity partners in time for Christmas.