Where it all began

Red Cross Parcels were an important part of the work New Zealand Red Cross undertook during World War Two. Parcels were sent to prisoners of war giving hope, items to trade, and, in some cases, vital sustenance needed to stay alive. We’re reviving the Red Cross Parcel during this difficult time of COVID-19 to, once again, be a symbol of hope for people in need.

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Red Cross Parcels today

Like the original parcels, today's parcels will contain a range of essential goods to bring comfort and joy, including hygiene items, edible treats and blankets. They will be distributed across the country by Red Cross volunteers, with the support of a number of partners.  

"These parcels are about more than just providing essential goods - they are about spreading kindness and hope. We know that people are doing it hard right now and this is just one of the ways we are helping people in need,” says Shaun Greaves, New Zealand Red Cross’ General Manager Humanitarian Development.  

Today's Red Cross Parcels are being revived with the support of major partner AMI and thanks to product donations from Air New Zealand, Bunnings, Countdown, Dettol and Glen 20, New Zealand Red Cross will deliver parcels to people who may be in need due to COVID-19 and who are supported through Red Cross services. 

How you can help out

You can make a difference to the lives of people across New Zealand who are struggling in the wake of COVID-19. By donating to Red Cross Parcels, you are supporting people in our community who need it most. 

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