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WINTER STORM TAKES A TOLL ON DONATIONS & SALES

Goodwill Asks Residents to Donate Today
(Middle Tenn.) — Last week’s winter storm, which brought one of the heaviest snowfalls in a decade to much of Middle and West Tennessee, also put a chill on donations to Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee.

Thus far in January, donations have declined by about 14 percent compared to last year. The sale of donated items in Goodwill’s store funds its mission of providing education, training and employment to people across 48 Tennessee counties. Last year, Goodwill assisted 36,081 people in their search for work. Of those, 15,412 found a job.

“We are hoping our generous donors will help us make up for those lost snow days now,” said Scott Crites, Goodwill’s director of donations.

Goodwill’s retail sales also have been affected by last weeks’ storm, as many customers were snowed in and could not travel to do shopping.

“Some of our stores were also forced to close temporarily,” said David Jenkins, vice president of retail. “Our stores are back to normal operations this week and loaded with great merchandise at great prices. This is good news for our treasure-seeking shoppers.”

Tennesseans can make an immediate impact by donating gently used clothing, shoes, household goods and accessories and shopping in Goodwill’s stores. 

Read the Winter 2015 edition of The Ambassador – Goodwill’s quarterly magazine which provides readers with stories of events, activities and the inspiring changes Goodwill is making in the lives of others.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items.

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  • Brenda Gateley
    Posted at 15:53h, 29 January Reply

    I will never donate anything else to goodwill. I thought these people were here to help people. But if someone comes to a goodwill store and tells them their kids needed shoes clothes or anything.they would not give it to them. There are to many churches that gives cloths food and what ever the people with no money needs. That’s where my donations will go. It’s 100% profit for the owner. Just saying.

    • Candace Newson
      Posted at 10:29h, 01 February Reply

      Hi Brenda. Goodwill gives back to the community with Goodwill Cares, a program available to help individuals and families that are in need of clothing, furniture or other household items under certain circumstances. In 2014, Goodwill Cares provided families and individuals in need with 922 gift cards. You can find out more about this program here: https://giveit2goodwill.org/goodwill-cares/.

      • Allison Myers
        Posted at 16:05h, 20 February Reply

        Thanks, Candace Newson for letting some people know that . That makes me feel better about giving to Goodwill . But I must say they do a lot with giving people jobs & teaching people trades ” Free of Charge ” Hats off to Goodwill ….,

  • C R Bordelon
    Posted at 15:02h, 29 January Reply

    Sure wish you all were like the other thrift stores where you picked up donations at residents homes each month!
    I sometimes can’t make it to your donation center but would be willing to leave it on my driveway for pick up!

    • Candace Newson
      Posted at 10:24h, 01 February Reply

      Hello Renee. Goodwill launched a home pickup service last year. Please visit, https://giveit2goodwill.org/pickups/ for information on how to call or schedule and pickup online. Thank you.

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