19 January 2018 –

Last December, Dons Solidaires organised a well-being workshop as part of its “Christmas for All” campaign, offering make-up treatments and facial massages to over 100 women at the Emmaus migrant centre in Ivry-sur-Seine, in the surburbs of Paris.

Long-standing product donor L’Occitane en Provence and a number of skilled volunteers, including some from the Silvya Terrade and ITM beauty and make-up schools, took part in the event. At the end of the day, beneficiaries shared a snack and received care products donated by partner companies.

“It’s not just about giving a hand cream or a facial. We also want to create a link between product donor companies and beneficiaries. These opportunities help to break the isolation many disadvantaged people can suffer from.” said Dominique Besançon, General Manager at Dons Solidaires.

This activity was part of Dons Solidaires’ 8th “Christmas for All” national campaign, which involves donor companies, employees, volunteers and charity members, all committed to the fight against waste and social exclusion.

Dons Solidaires takes care of everything from collecting products donated by companies, logistics, repackaging and delivery to charities all over France. Products are distributed to thousands of children and adults in crisis: board games, toys, books, costumes, stuffed animals, cosmetics, perfumes, watches, trainers, etc.

Thanks to the support of more than forty donor companies such as Galeries Lafayette Group, Nature et Découvertes, Amazon, L’Occitane en Provence and Yves Rocher, nearly 7 million euros worth of gifts have been diverted from waste and distributed to more than 77,000 men, women and children at Christmas.