A WOMEN'S charity is calling for the public's help as the drought and bushfires have meant that more women are in need this Christmas.
Share the Dignity is seeking handbag donations filled with personal hygiene products for disadvantaged women, teenagers and expecting mothers within the Riverina.
Volunteer Leanne Horne said Christmas is often focused on children and women are likely to go without.
"I think it's really lovely that women can also get something little at Christmas time," she said.
"The collection this year has been a little bit slow, but we think that is in part due to collections to help those battling the droughts and bushfires."
Noeline Blume has been a volunteer with Share the Dignity for two years and said basic necessities are often the last thing on vulnerable peoples' minds.
"If you're homeless, you're concerned about your safety and where you're going to sleep tonight," she said.
"For those with children, they're going to feed their children before they buy anything for themselves; so a toothbrush and toothpaste might be out of the question.
"We know how expensive skin care products can be so people often go without; it's lovely to be able to give them a gift that they're not able to buy themselves."
The charity's annual 'It's in the Bag' appeal calls for essential products such as:
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Soap or body wash
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Pads or tampons
The community can donate bags to the collection point at the Wagga Bunnings store, which will be available until Saturday, December 7.
Ms Blume said they are also seeking collections for pregnant women and teenage girls.
"People of the Riverina are amazingly generous as we sometimes get perfumes in the bags, other face products, hair brushes, combs, books and colouring pencils," she said.
"Think about what a teenage girl might like: so scrunchies for her hair, a hair brush, and for maternity bags maybe a little baby rattler or a onesie."
The charity works with other non-for-profit organisations, such as Mission Australia, and also the NDIS to identify more groups within society in need.
Last year, 720 bags in the Riverina were collected from Bunnings stores.