Hundreds of families across the world will enjoy a brighter holiday season thanks to donations that Melaleuca has recently made. In the United States, Melaleuca and its employees have donated more than $15,000 to different charitable organizations and less-fortunate families in the form of cash, food, clothing and toys. The company has supported The Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, the Humanitarian Center, the Idaho Falls Catholic Community, the First Presbyterian Church and the Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen.
The company has also made charitable donations in other countries to help children celebrate the magic of this special season.
Helping Families in Need
After a successful nonperishable food drive, Melaleuca donated more than 7,500 pounds of food to numerous distressed families living in Idaho and Tennessee. Employees confidentially identified and assisted these families. In addition to receiving enough food for three months, including 40 pounds of meat, these families received gifts for their children. This is the 14th year that Melaleuca has organized this food drive.
“Delivering a truckload of food, toys and supplies to these families is a joyful experience,” said Heidi Weiers, who chairs Melaleuca’s food drive committee. None of these families have ever asked for assistance, so their surprise is genuine. Although each person expresses gratitude in a different way, you clearly see emotion in their eyes. These are good, hardworking people who are suffering from a medical condition, a traumatic event or an extreme hardship. In many cases, a little extra help is all they’ll need to get back on their feet.”
Donation of cash, food
Similarly, the company provided a cash donation to support the Christmas Basket Project, a philanthropic effort led by St. Vincent de Paul, the Idaho Falls Catholic Community, and the First Presbyterian Church. This donation was used to deliver food and Christmas gifts to more than 400 families in Idaho.
Melaleuca also made a substantial donation to feed the hungry at the Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen and a cash donation to support life-saving programs at the Idaho Falls Area Humanitarian Center.
The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree
Melaleuca continued its partnership with The Salvation Army by participating in the Angel Tree program and making a cash donation to the organization. This year, hundreds of new gifts were collected for children. Gifts were purchased by employees and placed under Christmas trees at the company’s different facilities. Many employees traded portions of their December bonus check to provide toys, coats, boots, art supplies and electronics in support of less fortunate families.
Christmas around the world
Melaleuca’s charitable activities are not limited by borders. Here are a few of the philanthropic efforts that Melaleuca organized in other countries this holiday season.
Malaysia: Melaleuca ran a holiday drive that collected clothes, books, toys, and household items. Employees plan to visit an orphanage on Dec. 23, where they will personally deliver this donation to The Siddhartan Care Centre. Additionally, Melaleuca is contributing a variety of EcoSense, Bath & Body, and Koala Kids products, individually wrapped presents for each child, and food to hold a Christmas celebration. The employees are looking forward to spending time with the children, singing Christmas carols, and playing games with them.
China: In order to help the underprivileged students in Zhejiang Province, China, Melaleuca recently visited the Dalishan Elementary School and the Wantianxiang Elementary School. Melaleuca donated several laptops, projectors, desks and chairs, table tennis tables, books and supplies to help the children in these schools.
Korea: The company and its employees have made a holiday donation to UNICEF, providing humanitarian assistance for children and mothers. Employees and Marketing Executives also held an employee bazaar and other fundraisers to raise money for families suffering hardship.
Taiwan: The company and its employees have made a donation to the Boyo Social Welfare Foundation, which provides educational resources to low-income students in remote areas. The goals is to lift underprivileged children from the cycle of poverty.