In honour of International Nurses Week, Lush Cosmetics will be donating 25,000 pieces of handmade soap and various personal care products to the BC Nurses Union.
The retailer is producing the soaps at its Vancouver and Toronto manufacturing plants. The bars are a mixture of palm-oil free soap base and sustainability sourced honey to moisturize dry skin.
“We believe it is important to come together during times of crisis and support our local community. As a Vancouver-based business, with shops in the Lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island and the Interior, we are recipients of the quality care nurses across BC selflessly provide every day,” said Tricia Stevens, Charitable Giving Manager at Lush Cosmetics, in a statement.
“Their important work is felt more acutely now more than ever, and we wanted to say thank you in the best way we know how.”
International Nurses Week is being celebrated from May 11 to 17 and BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) President Christine Sorensen said, “This year has been especially noteworthy given the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“BCNU is grateful for LUSH’s thoughtful donation,” she added. “Nurses are feeling the love from their communities and are grateful for kind gestures like these.”
Lush has also been working to send gifts of appreciation to thousands of frontline healthcare and essential workers including those working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, 911 dispatchers, paramedics, postal workers, childcare workers, and flight attendants around Vancouver.
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The company has donated over 37,000 products to over 50 local organizations, including the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Hospital Employees’ Union, the City of Vancouver, and groups coordinating COVID-19 response in the Downtown Eastside.
“We hope that those working around the clock and risking their health to keep our communities safe can take a moment to recharge before facing tomorrow,” said Lush in a statement.