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Top 5 Items to Donate Right Now

January 28, 2013

If your house feels like it’s bursting at the seams after the holidays, it may be time to clear out your closet and donate some of your unused things. Here are the top five items that Goodwill needs now.

Clothing and shoesGoodwill store opening in Concord, NC on June 27, 2009. (Photo/Nell Redmond)
With the coldest weeks still approaching, think warm and durable winter clothing (gently used coats and jackets, blazers, wool trousers and boots, to name a few). Kids grow like weeds and it is not unusual for them to outgrow their cold-weather wardrobe mid-season, putting a strain on low-income families. For graduates of our job training programs who are starting to look for employment in 2013, suits, ties and professional business attire donations are appreciated.

If your kids received new toys over the holidays, why not donate some of the older ones to free up some space in your house? Donating toys not only teaches your children the importance of sharing, but also doubles the shelf life of those Barbies. For a list of what Goodwill accepts, click here.

Got a new gadget recently? Remember to recycle your old gadgets (and computers) with our Reconnect program, in conjunction with Dell. Go to and put in your zip code to find the nearest drop off location. We accept monitors, printers, keyboards, photocopiers, fax machines, typewriters and cell phones. Donated computers that are not suitable for sale in our Computer Works store are de-manufactured by individuals in our employment programs as part of their job training in environmentally-friendly recycling practices.

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Commitments to fitness and health remain the most popular New Year’s resolutions each year, and Goodwill customers need your sports and exercise equipment. If you’re not using that old tennis racket, drop it off at one of our donation sites and we’ll find someone who will put it to good use!

Financial donations
In order to provide our community with quality employment training programs and services, we need your contributions. Cash donations, bequeaths, and other gifts are welcome and very much appreciated. Your gift, in any amount, funds our programs and makes a difference in someone’s life by giving that person an opportunity to go to work.

Elizabeth Isenhour

Elizabeth Isenhour

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