Toiletries help for family budgeting
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.”