‘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.
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!
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.
Holiday Decorations: Goodwill has a great selection of home décor to make your house merry and bright! The Goodwill Gal always has great ideas on how to decorate for the holidays using items from Goodwill.
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.
Are you planning on going green this holiday season?