Air New Zealand is donating more than 8000 inflight blankets to charitable organisations so they can be used to give some extra warmth and comfort to those in need this winter.
New Zealand Red Cross, Middlemore Foundation, VisionWest, Foster Hope and Kidz First Community Health Services are among the groups to receive the blankets and distribute them to those in need.
The donation has also extended to animals in need with the SPCA also accepting blankets.
Middlemore Foundation, CEO, Sandra Geange said the Air New Zealand blankets would be included in packs distributed as part of the Middlemore Foundation ‘Send Help, Spread Hope’ appeal and will be well received at the maraes, health clinics, participants in the Healthy Homes initiative and Child Protection Services as well as at Middlemore Hospital.
She said in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, those most at risk are those struggling with asthma, bronchitis, influenza and other respiratory illnesses exacerbated by the winter cold and damp living conditions.
“The donation of the blankets by Air New Zealand is an incredible gesture at a time when it could not be more needed and welcomed. We will get these blankets straight out to those who need them the most – the young, the elderly, those with underlying health conditions and those living in unsanitary living conditions”.
Middlemore Foundation, CEO, Sandra Geange
“Heartfelt thanks again to the team at Air New Zealand!”
GM Humanitarian Development for New Zealand Red Cross, Shaun Greaves says the Air New Zealand blankets will provide a ‘wonderful boost’ to Red Cross Parcels being distributed to Meals on Wheels recipients and former refuge families.
“The donation means that many people in need across the country will feel warm and cared for this winter – that is amazing. Our parcels are intended to provide practical essentials, as well as treats, winter warmth and activities and resources that help support positive mental health, so these blankets are a perfect fit. Thank you, Air New Zealand.”
“At such a challenging time for so many of our Kiwi communities, when demand on charitable services is high and as the cooler weather arrives, we hope these blankets will bring some warmth and comfort to individuals and families in need.”
Air New Zealand General Manager Global Brand and Content Marketing Jodi William
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