There is no doubt that Christmas is going to be tough for many families across Macarthur this year.
But it is going to be even more difficult for women experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence or those doing it tough.
That's why Share the Dignity is asking locals to donate a handbag and some essential items to women and girls in need.
Picton Share the Dignity volunteer Heather Carew said the 'It's in the Bag' campaign benefited women of all ages.
"We have many, many women who are very young all the way into old age who are fleeing domestic or family violence or experiencing homelessness," she said.
"Christmas can make this even tougher for these women.
"These handbags are just a small way to do something special for these women.
"Sometimes they don't even have enough money to get their children something for Christmas but this is something that they can have, just for themselves."
To support women and girls in you need you can fill a handbag in new or good, used condition with items that will make a difference to the daily life of a woman in need.
These items include a sealed packet of pads and tampons, roll-on deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and soap.
Donors can even add little luxuries like lip balm, new socks, a magazine, a thoughtful note or anything that would make a woman or teenage girl feel special.
"I've heard just how much happiness these handbags filled with items have brought local women and girls," Ms Carew said.
"They simply can't contain the joy they feel, and we've all been moved to tears watching them receive the bags. And little extra treats like socks and magazines have brought out so many smiles."
Ms Carew said she understood that donating a fully-kitted out bag might be a strain on some families.
"One of the really good things about this campaign is that you can get a group together to donate a bag," she said.
"You could band together with family, friends or work colleagues and you could each buy one item to fill the bag so it works out a bit cheaper."
To donate a bag, simply place it in the donation box at Bunnings in Narellan, Campbelltown or Gregory Hills between November 20 and 29.