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Colgate-Palmolive Donates Over $2.3 Million in Health and Hygiene Products to United Way

ALEXANDRIA, VA (August 6, 2020) – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the daily lives of countless Americans, health and hygiene needs are more critical than ever. To help vulnerable communities stay safe and healthy, Colgate-Palmolive Company is donating over $2.3 million in health and hygiene products to United Way.

From toothbrushes and toothpaste to body wash and hand soap, the products will help families with some of their most basic―and important―health and hygiene needs. In Bristol, Pennsylvania, 85,000 toothbrushes were delivered to Healthy Eating & Living Partnership Center, a community space for nonprofit organizations in the area to organize and distribute food, personal hygiene supplies and products to hundreds of residents in need.

This in-kind donation comes as experts say the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the global economy into the deepest recession since the Second World War. Reports from the Labor Department show that U.S. employers shed over 22 million positions from payrolls in March and April.

United Ways in Atlanta, Georgia; New York City, New York; Los Angeles, California; Akron, Ohio; Bristol, Pennsylvania; Ocala, Florida; and Houston, Texas have also received generous supplies of Colgate-Palmolive products.

About Colgate-Palmolive Company
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company with 34,000 people dedicated to improving the health and wellness of people and their pets. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition and reaching more than 200 countries and territories, Colgate teams are developing, producing, distributing and selling health and hygiene products and pet nutrition offerings essential to society through brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, hello, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Filorga, eltaMD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. The Company also is recognized for its leadership and innovation in promoting environmental sustainability and community wellbeing, including its achievements in saving water, reducing waste, promoting recyclability and improving the oral health of children through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, which has reached more than one billion children since 1991. For more information about Colgate’s global business and how the Company is building a future to smile about, visit

About United Way
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.9 million volunteers, 9.8 million donors worldwide and $4.7 billion raised every year, United Way is the world's largest privately funded nonprofit. We're engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited.  

Media Contact

Robert Goodfellow
Associate Director, Corporate Communications

United Way Worldwide
Southerlyn Reisig
Director of Public Relations
703-836-7100 ext. 321