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Celebrate Arbor Day!

April 30, 2010

We’re green-minded at Goodwill—after all, we were recycling gently-used items before the term existed! (Insider tip: Goodwill was founded in Boston in 1902.) By simply accepting donations of unwanted items and offering them for sale in our stores, we keep many millions of pounds of wonderful things out of landfills every year.

Since today is Arbor Day, we’re taking a moment to appreciate the trees around us. Here’s a picture of the trees in front of our Career Development Center on Freedom Drive. Aren’t they pretty?

Trees are more than just pretty neighbors, though—they can be a stimulus to economic development, too. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees can attract new business and tourism, they make commercial retail areas more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants stay longer, and space in a wooded setting is more valuable to sell or rent. Economic development means more jobs–so, like Goodwill, trees can also help people in our community find work!

Join us today as we pause to take a deep breath (thanks, trees!) and appreciate them as they work to make our environment happier, healthier and more productive. Take it a step further and plant a tree of your own (the Arbor Day Foundation has tips and even some fun e-cards to send to your friends)–or, if digging isn’t your thing, drop off a donation or shop in one of our stores. When you help us help people gain employment, you’re helping the planet and all the trees in it, too!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2010 8:21 am

    Planting leafy trees around the outside of your house also helps cool your home, saving you money on a/c. Yay, trees!

  2. Lelia King permalink
    April 30, 2010 8:35 am

    Love the green-tinted post, Goodwill! Trees are a big plus for me, and a big beautiful tree is one of the main attractions hubby and I had when we decided to buy our first home in Charlotte!

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