Spring cleaning on to-do list? Goodwill encourages donations

Spring cleaning on to-do list? Goodwill encourages donations

Temperatures are rising and spring cleaning is no doubt on many to-do lists. As area residents clean out their closets, they’re asked to remember to set aside gently used clothing and other household items to donate to a reputable organization.
“All too often people simply want to quickly clear out the stuff they can no longer use, and drop their unwanted items at the nearest spot assuming they are making a charitable donation. Unfortunately, that is not always the case,” said David Lifsey, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Inc.
He said when residents give to Goodwill, the donations are sold to fund job training programs that benefit people here in Union City. They include “people who live in poverty, are homeless or lack education and experience, as well as those with disabilities. We funnel 80 percent of revenues into programs and last year, more than 7,450 people benefited,” he added.
“As we celebrate Goodwill Industries Week 2008, we want to say thank you to the people of Union City whose continued support allows us to help people find and keep good jobs and enjoy the dignity and independence that work brings,” he said.
Published in The Messenger 4.30.08

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