Sweet deliveries for BOP families in need

Comvita’s Courtney Tamblin, Harman Kang, Scott Coulter and Nikki Reedy are donating their staff honey allowance this Christmas. Image Supplied.

Bay of Plenty families in need got a ‘sweet’ delivery just in time for the festive season, in the form of honey and other natural health products from a local business.

Staff from Paengaroa-based Comvita have donated more than 250 jars of honey, as well as 300 other healthy food items, to Rotorua Salvation Army and Tauranga Foodbank.

Both community organisations will place the Comvita items in their food hampers and distribute them among Bay of Plenty families in need before Christmas Eve.

Tauranga Foodbank manager Nicki Goodwin says it made her day when Comvita phoned to tell her about the huge honey donation.

“This is something we cannot afford to purchase on our budget, but something we will take great joy in passing on in our food parcels. We cannot thank Comvita enough for their support,” says Nicki.

“We are very grateful to be able to bless families with their own pot of honey this Christmas. It is an extra-special treat not everyone can afford regularly,” says Rotorua Salvation Army team leader Tania Hore.

Comvita’s Courtney Tamblin and Emma Schuler in front of the company’s charitable Christmas tree. Image Supplied.

Comvita is matching its staff members’ donations by gifting additional pots of its Sweet Meadows honey to the Salvation Army on Amohia Street in Rotorua and the foodbank on Brook Street in Tauranga.

Comvita Chief Executive Officer Scott Coulter, says it was the company’s employees who decided to donate Comvita products to those in need in the lead up to Christmas.

“Each month our staff receive a product allowance of either honey or our other products. This December, they decided to gift these to those less fortunate. I’m so proud of our people for choosing to help where they can, and for sharing in the Christmas spirit of giving,” says Scott.

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