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The value of giving

December 10, 2012

store-hours-scroller-no-copyDuring the holiday season, we like to remind our supporters – shoppers, donors, volunteers, even readers! – that what you do makes a difference.

In 2012, well over 10,000 people right here in our community are celebrating a new beginning because of your support. Probably many more – we’re still counting and still seeing new people every day. They are brothers and sisters, neighbors, parents, grandparents, veterans and friends who just need a little push.

You may not think twice about donating a bag of clothes to Goodwill. But we do. Just one bag of clothes will be sorted and sold in our retail stores, and the money from the sale of those items will pay for an hour of job training for someone in need – like Edwin. In the below video, he talks about how a little help from Goodwill helped him overcome adversity.

Last week, almost 800 students from Charlotte Country Day School donated to Goodwill. Total value to the Goodwill Mission: $29,589.84!

Last week, almost 800 students from Charlotte Country Day School donated to Goodwill. Total value to the Goodwill Mission: $29,589.84!

Of course, job training is not the only reason why donating is so important. Donating to Goodwill:

  • Keeps unwanted items out of landfills (including electronics!)
  • Gives children a chance to contribute in a very hands-on way (a great habit to start!)
  • Gives you a reason to de-clutter and simplify your life
  • Gives you a tax break – be sure to get those donations in by Dec. 31!

We have a cool donation calculator that will even show you the impact that you make depending on what you donate to Goodwill. Check it out at For our Charlotte, NC friends, you can also find helpful information about donating or recycling in Mecklenburg County by visiting

So, what are you planning to donate this holiday season?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2012 3:00 pm

    I donate to Goodwill at least twice a year, sometime more. I have a few bags of clothes, and dishes ready to give again before the end of the year.

  2. Angela permalink
    December 15, 2012 1:51 pm

    I went through all of my closets and drawers and I have a few large bags of clothing to donate, some of which still has tags on it. I have various decorative and household items that I will be bringing to my local Goodwill store, too.

  3. December 16, 2012 7:42 pm

    Since I love shopping at Goodwill on a monthly basis, it is the first place I love to donate to. I have some bookbags, clothing, and belts that I will be taking there within the next few weeks.


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