For the Salvation Army, the priority is making sure Kiwi families in need have the basics – food, shelter, clothing. Anything beyond that is a welcome bonus.
But sometimes, it’s possible to do a little bit more.
Through its partnership with Z Energy, the Salvation Army’s staffers accumulate FlyBuys points whenever they refuel with Z Business. Every year, they are able to convert those points into vouchers which can be used to put smiles on faces old and young.
"It was a nice “problem” to have. The team converted their points into supermarket vouchers and fuel vouchers to share around their centres."
That first year they also decided on children’s movie vouchers, to provide a special treat for children who might not have been to a cinema for quite some time. It was a huge success, and much appreciated by stretched families.
“We have over 28 centres and locations around the country delivering transitional housing,” says Laurette. “Our centres can apply for the vouchers. We have a lot of people in transitional housing, about 600 placements throughout New Zealand – and a placement could be one person or a family of eight.
“We see the most vulnerable come into our centres. Most of the people who come to us are in urgent need and we need to do something to help them quickly. We give out substantial numbers of food parcels and help where we can.”
Helping people into transitional housing and taking care of food basics is a huge help, but there are other costs besides accommodation and meals to consider, says Laurette.
The extra help from Z Business provides a welcome boost for the Salvation Army and the families they support.
“It just gives them a little bit of hope,” says Laurette.