28 Jan 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.
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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.