Regardless of where you stand on gift registries, this is one worthy of getting behind: Myer has launched a national community giving program to support women and children who are affected by family violence.
The Give Registry works just like a standard gift registry, minus the laugh-out-loud uber-expensive additions - no, I am not going to buy you a $700 Dyson vacuum, dear bride-to-be, no matter how much I like you. The registry recognises the tragic fact that in many cases, women are forced to flee their homes without the chance to take their belongings with them - leaving them without many of life's essentials, let alone little luxuries.
From towels to blankets to saucepans, the Give Registry is a collection of the items women need most when they're rebuilding their lives, chosen by women who have been in the exact same position. All items will go to women and children supported by The Salvation Army's crisis accommodation and women's refuges.
"One in three women are affected by family violence in Australia," says Colonel Karyn Rigley, Secretary for Women's Ministries at The Salvation Army. "Family violence is also the leading cause of homelessness for women and children. Through the Give Registry we'll be able to provide further practical care to women in crisis."
Visit myer.com.au to view registry items and head in-store to donate. Myer has committed to matching each donation.