Toi­letries help for fam­ily bud­get­ing

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Thou­sands of strug­gling New Zealan­ders have been given ex­tra sup­port thanks to Col­gate-Pal­mo­live and Count­down cus­tomers.

They will now have ac­cess to 8134 toi­letries and clean­ing items from eight Sal­va­tion Army food banks. Col­gatePal­mo­live also do­nated $10,000 to a Sal­va­tion Army tran­si­tional hous­ing pro­gramme, to help vul­ner­a­ble moth­ers and chil­dren ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness.

Rik Te Tau Sal­va­tion Army Palmerston North wel­fare ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor says that when peo­ple are on tight bud­gets, the ne­ces­si­ties like tooth­paste, sham­poo and clean­ing prod­ucts be­come lux­ury items.

“We’ve been work­ing with some­one who has $30 a week left for gro­ceries af­ter they’ve paid all their other bills. In that sort of sit­u­a­tion you’re not think­ing about buy­ing tooth­paste or sham­poo, you’re just try­ing to put food on the ta­ble. So, to have these items on hand that we can give to peo­ple like that makes a real dif­fer­ence.”

Col­gate-Pal­mo­live New Zealand gen­eral man­ager John Gar­side said he and other se­nior staff had a mov­ing visit to the Sal­va­tion Army’s Auck­land pro­grammes.

“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.”

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