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The Sydney-based charity organisation was founded in 2013 by Jen Armstrong, who was a victim of domestic violence. Jen left her marriage when she was six months pregnant, taking just her toddler and the clothes on her back.
In desperate need of support, she received a parcel of goods for her children from the Dandelion Support Network, containing basic toiletries – and a luxury body wash just for her.
Jen resolved that as soon as she got back on her feet, she would help others in need and make them feel special and remind them that somebody cares. True to her word, The Beauty Bank now serves to give those in need some of life’s little luxuries.
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How it works
The charity organisation is currently run by Armstrong and Denise Dolan, who looks after the day-to-day action like sorting and packing.
The Beauty Bank collects donations of beauty products and other little luxuries which they sort and pack into handbags or calico bags, and then gift through a number of charities, refuges and other organisations.
“We work closely with Dandelion Support Network. When a social worker comes to pick up goods for families, A Beauty Bank bag is also offered and is for the mum or female carer. We do occasionally get special requests for men and teenagers,” explains Dolan.
What you can donate
Dolan and Armstrong make sure all packs contain full-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner, soap and a washer or body puff, hand lotion, body lotion, shower gel, lip balm, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush, sanitary items, hairbrush or comb, a razor and a small cosmetic bag with samples or sample size product.