As part of a charitable initiative with The Salvation Army, local online retailer Ecosa has donated more than $1.5 million worth of mattresses to Kiwi households in need.
A total of 1600 near new beds have been donated, providing those living in poverty with clean, dry, low allergenic mattresses. The initiative also sees funding towards substance abuse recovery, food aid and financial support programmes.
Ecosa spokesperson Emma Edwards says the company has donated more than 6000 mattresses to charity partners in the past two years, supporting charities in New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Canada and Hong Kong.
“Good mattress hygiene is essential to reduce the risk of a range of medical conditions and those people who live in lower socio-economic circumstances may not be able to afford to replace them as often as they need to.”
The Salvation Army’s National Family Stores manager Gareth Marshall, says mattresses are being distributed to every part of the country through the Family stores.
As well as helping those in need with a quality bed, the funds raised go towards essential services, such as emergency food aid, financial counselling and emergency support,” says Marshall.
“In addition, some of the money is used for addiction support and for programmes to support young people, teach life-skills training and much more. All of our services are open to anyone throughout New Zealand who may need them.”