Think Before You Donate this Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving and for many local residents, the holiday season means a time to give back and donate gently-used clothing, toys, books and other accessories to charity.

Goodwill encourages residents to do their homework and find out where your donations are going before making the choice to donate. Many times the charity bins found in store parking lots and strip malls benefit  for-profit companies that sell your donations to Third World countries.


When you donate to Goodwill, you can feel confident that your donations are helping people right here in our communities. Proceeds from the revenue of donated goods in Goodwill’s area retail stores help people with special needs get to work.

There are 23 convenient donation centers throughout Southern and Central NJ and Philadelphia. A donation attendant can help unload your donations and give you a receipt for tax purposes. For added convenience, you can access your donation history, reprint individualized receipts and donation reports using Goodwill’s online automated iDonate system.


1. You donate gently-used items to Goodwill.

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2. We sell them in our retail stores.

3. Revenue from their sale fund important job training programs that help individuals with disabilities and disadvantages gain marketable job skills.

4. Graduates of our job training programs secure competitive jobs in the community and become proud, tax paying members of the workforce.

As always, thank you for donating to Goodwill! Together we are building stronger communities through the power of work.

Go Green this Holiday Season at Goodwill

Did you know that each year between Thanksgiving and the New Year, Americans generate an extra one million tons of waste per week? Holiday cards, wrapping paper, unwanted gifts and more are tossed to the curbside and make their way to local landfills.

Help reduce the amount of waste generated during the holidays by shopping at and donating to Goodwill. Goodwill is the perfect place to shop, whether you’re looking for something new to wear to a holiday party, home décor to make your house merry and bright or DIY gifts. And remember– rather than toss unwanted gifts from family or friends (like the pink bunny pajamas in A Christmas Story), donate them to Goodwill. It could be just what someone else is looking for!

Here are some simple tips to help reduce your carbon footprint this holiday season.

  •  DIY gift baskets: Goodwill always has a variety of baskets to choose from to create unique gift baskets like these from My Delicious Ambiguity Blog.  My favorite is the spa gift basket!
Spa Gift Basket
Spa basket from My Delicious Ambiguity
  • Homemade wrapping paper: If every American family wrapped just three presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. So, instead of buying expensive wrapping paper, wrap presents with recycled items like old book pages, colorful pages torn from magazines or newspaper, paper shopping bags, etc… Check out some of these ideas from The Living Green Solution.
Paper wrapping paper from The Living Green Solution
Holiday decor from The Goodwill Gal
  • Holiday Serving Ware: With cookie exchanges and other festive parties, there is baking and cooking galore. Use holiday platters and plates from Goodwill to create beautiful cookie platters or potluck dishes to give as hostess gifts.
DIY Cookie Platters from the Williams Sonoma blog.

Are you planning on going green this holiday season?