Essity employees have raised over $15,000 for The Salvation Army, funds that will be distributed to The Salvation Army’s locations in each of the markets where Essity has operations throughout North America. More than 3,500 employees contributed during a five-and-a-half-week fundraising campaign, with Essity matching employee donations dollar for dollar. A check presentation was held on Friday, January 14, 2022 atThe Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphiato commemorate this effort.
Don Lewis, President, Essity Professional Hygiene North America, notes,“Each holiday season, we are reminded that there are people who go hungry in the communities where we operate, The Salvation Army shares in our commitment to caring about the well-being of all people. As stewards of our employee donation, they help us reach out to our neighbors, put healthy food in the hands of those who need it, and empower individuals and families in need to feel hopeful and more in control. We are thankful for this partnership and for the help they extend to our communities.”
Essity Employees in the United States and Canada were able to designate a postal code for each individual contribution, ensuring that every donation would have local and personal impact. The fundraising campaign was launched on Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021 and concluded January 7, 2022.
According to The Salvation Army, each night in the United States, 17.4 million families go to bed hungry and an additional 6.9 million families live on the verge of food insecurity. The grant will be used to provide nutritious meals to anyone in need via The Salvation Army’s food pantries and meal assistance programs in more than 20 states across the United States and in Canada.
“For the second year in a row, Essity has stepped up to support The Salvation Army in our time of need,” said Major Tawny Cowen-Zanders, Divisional Secretary for Greater Philadelphia. “The pandemic continues to disrupt daily life for families we serve, including their ability to access healthy food. This generous gift from Essity and its employees will allow The Salvation Army to provide more care for those who need it in Greater Philadelphia and throughout North America.”