Thursday, March 25, 2010

Why I Love Goodwill...

I have been donating to and shopping at Goodwill for almost 20 years now. If you’ve never donated to or shopped at Goodwill, I’m hoping that this post will encourage you to stop by your local Goodwill and see what you’ve been missing. Every month I round up stuff from around the house that we no longer need and head to Goodwill to make a donation; but for some reason I always wind up inside the store, with a shopping basket. Well yesterday was one of those days and as usual when I least expect it, I find exactly what I’m looking for, like these Converse All Star Toddler Slip-ons that I have been wanted to buy JD for some time now.

Retail: $28.00
Goodwill: $4.99
(brand new)

and this DVD for my dad!

Retail: $14.99
Goodwill: $4.99
(new in box)

So What is Good Will Donation?
Goodwill is a non-profit organization that will take a variety of your used, seldom used, or even new items in efforts to give people a better quality of life. All donations go towards helping those who are in need, get the education, training, and support they need to succeed in life. When you donate your used goods, the Goodwill sells them to the public and uses the profits to help teach people a variety of things. For example, they help teach English to those who need it, in order to help them obtain employment. They also, help those who may need training or an education, in order for them to move forward in life. They are working to reduce the number of people who are homeless or depend on welfare and working to help those with mental, emotional, or physical disabilities.

How does it work?
There are essentially two ways you can help with Goodwill donations. First you could donate items to any of the 3,000 donation locations across the country. The items you can donate should be new or gently used and can include:
  • Clothing – Men, Women, and Children (infant through teen)
  • Appliances – Stove, Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer, Toaster, Microwave, Hair Dryer, Etc.
  • Furniture – Beds, Couches, Sofas, Chairs, etc.
  • Household Items – Bookshelves, Computers, Night Stands, Coffee Tables, Toys, Curtains, Bed Linens, etc.
The other way you can help is to shop at a Goodwill store or auction site. Each time someone purchases an item either through the auction or at a location, the proceeds go towards helping a person gain the financial and personal stability they need to succeed in life. Goodwill puts 85% of all proceeds back into helping others meet their goals.

There are so many reasons to love Goodwill!

2 comments:

Veronica said...

I have found some cool stuff at Goodwill. Can you beleive I found "Parylite" stuff there, once even in the box? I paid something like $4 or $5. I don't know if I should tell my "Partylite" consultant about this...LOL

the mommy said...

I believe it! I have found some pretty cool stuff throughout the years, but my favorite has to be a charcoal Gap Peacoat for about $8. They also sell tons of Target items (new in the box)! Ya, she'll be out of business. LOL!

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