Winter weather causes decline in Goodwill donations

lmorris@macon.comFebruary 11, 2014 

The winter storms coming through Middle Georgia have done more than cause schools and offices to close.

It’s keeping people from making their normal donations to Goodwill.

“After a January in which donations fell, we’d hoped for recovery in February,” Vicki Mills, director of marketing for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia & the Central Savannah River Area, said in a news release. “Instead, we’ve started the month on a pace that puts us behind by more than 5,000 donors across our 35-county service area.”

And another storm moved in this week.

“We’re especially lacking in housewares, including kitchen items and small appliances,” Mills said. “We would welcome the assistance now in bringing donors back to our centers, especially as the season approaches for spring cleaning.”

Donations don’t just fill the retail stores with merchandise, but they represent the primary source of funding for Goodwill’s job training and career development services, which last year helped more than 21,000 people in Middle Georgia and placed more than 3,300 into new jobs, the release stated.

A drop in donations hurts Goodwill’s ability to help these people, especially at a time of economic uncertainty, Mills said.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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