A single thought to bring some Christmas cheer to women in drought-affected regions is now a major Border operation.
Country Women's Association and Lions Club members, along with individuals from Albury to Wagga, aim to create 500 pamper packs of items such as toiletries, cosmetics, wheat bags, scarves and handkerchiefs.
Pleasant Hills CWA president/secretary Lyn Jacobsen, of Thurgoona, said the packs would be distributed through NSW CWA networks.
"I've been on the land and it is a pretty tough plight," she said.
"When things are going wrong and you're trying to deal with the husband, the family and put food on the table it can be a hard battle."
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Mrs Jacobsen said the plan evolved out of producing packs at short notice for about 32 sponsored farmers at Henty Field Days.
"We did quite a good job in 24 hours and from that I thought, well, why can't we keep this going?" she said.
"Without everyone else's help, it would have stayed very little, but so many people have got on board. Every time I go somewhere I seem to get a pack with stuff for the pamper packs."
Riverina and Murray CWA group members are assisting with the collection while Thurgoona and District Lions Club donated $1000.
The bags will be packed on November 25, with donation boxes located at IGA supermarkets in East Albury, Henty, Springdale Heights and Jindera.
Anyone offering support can email Mrs Jacobsen at email@example.com.
"To help 500 is still a mere drop in the ocean, but that's 500 ladies that know that someone's thinking of them," she said.