Thousands of struggling New Zealanders have been given extra support to thanks to Colgate-Palmolive, and Countdown customers, who have donated 8,134 toiletries and household cleaning items to eight Salvation Army food banks. It is the second year Colgate-Palmolive and Countdown have run the two week promotion to Countdown customers.
The food banks receiving the goods are located in Manukau, Royal Oak, Napier, Hamilton, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Major Pam Waugh, head of The Salvation Army’s social services says the donations will help people stay healthy in the challenging winter period. For many families who are already struggling, this support means they don’t have to cut back on items we often consider essential, Pam says.
“It’s also about dignity and respect. When you’re struggling to feed yourself and keep your family safely housed, clothed and warm, personal hygiene and cleaning products can become luxuries. This wonderful support from Colgate-Palmolive helps families with things they may not be able to afford otherwise.”
Colgate-Palmolive also donated $10,000 to help vulnerable mothers and their children experiencing homelessness through a Salvation Army transitional housing programme.
Colgate-Palmolive New Zealand General Manager John Garside said he and other senior staff had a moving visit to the Army’s Auckland programme, which provides housing and associated support including parenting courses, budgeting assistance, counselling and advocacy, over a six month period to help set them up for the long-term.
“It was particularly evident the passion that everyone has at The Salvation Army for assisting others. We are very proud to be able to provide sponsorship and product support for such a great cause.”
Robin Raymond, Salvation Army Territorial Media Officer, 021 270 3683 or (04) 802 6269 ext 24274