Free care packages to brighten peoples' day

The initiative is a partnership of not for profits Carers NZ and IHC, launched this month to provide practical voluntary help and check-ins for vulnerable people during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Volunteers have phoned thousands of New Zealanders to offer support and reassurance since New Zealand’s lockdown began, with heartwarming results.

It’s clear to the volunteers that people may need help over many months, not just the Level 4 lockdown period. It will continue to provide a listening ear and a helping hand, with a bit of fun along the way.

Hundreds of free care packages will be delivered to older people, those living alone, people with disabilities, and family carers across the country.  This week will start sending gift parcels to those who deserve a treat after weeks of isolation and disruption of usual visits from support workers, family, and friends. The treat packs are made by New Zealand bakery company Molly Woppy ( ).

“The products we source for these and future packages will be sourced from Kiwi businesses – families and employers alike need to find our feet as New Zealand emerges from lockdown,” says Carers NZ CEO Laurie Hilsgen.

Molly Woppy treats parcels can be requested for yourself or someone you care about by completing a short online form at or by phoning 0800 777 797. Contactless delivery will be made to doorsteps across the country from this week.

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