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I’m writing this post on behalf of the Ad Council, and to let my friends and neighbors in the Nashville area know about a new Goodwill location, where they can donate their gently used stuff, and create jobs.
There’s no better time of year for me to clean out my house of clutter, than summertime. Some people do spring cleaning, but as a mom of school aged kids, I am busy, busy, busy throughout the school year, getting them through, and to, all their classes and activities. NEW school supplies hit the stores somewhere around July4th, so right now really IS my time for cleaning out the clutter. Trash bags begin being filled at my house with clothing that has been outgrown, and gently used toys and items that are no longer appropriate for kids MY kids’ ages. Getting them out the door is where I usually find myself getting bogged down.
Have you ever thought that those things you’re NEEDING to get rid, could actually create JOBS for people in your community? Goodwill provides job training and placement opportunities for people with disadvantages and disabilities in our very own community! I don’t know about you, but that’s an even more powerful motivator to me to get that stuff out of my closet, and down the road, to a Goodwill store. That’s cleaning with a purpose!
Goodwill has a new campaign, entitled, “Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.” Thanks to the programs and support services made possible by donations of clothes and household items, more than 261,000 people earned jobs in 2013 – that’s one person finding a job every 27 seconds of every business day. So you’re literally donating your stuff AND helping to create jobs. Check out this cool tool, Goodwill’s Donation Impact Calculator, that will help you calculate the value of your gently used clothing and toys, into job training hours!
And for my friends and neighbors who live in the west Nashville area, we have a new and even better location to drop that stuff off! A new Goodwill store has opened up at the old ToysRUs building, on Highway 70 in Bellevue, TN. The newest Goodwill store in Middle Tennessee is also the largest locale, with over 25,000 square feet of space. That’s plenty of room for you to drop off your stuff – the stuff that’s just cluttering your life and home. And while you’re there, you can do what my family does: shop a little bit, too!
My daughter is an AVID Goodwill shopper, finding items that she develops into outfits that bear her own personal style. My son is a college student (and still getting taller, I might add). On his last trip, he found a shirt he liked. Goodwill is the perfect place to outfit your college student’s dorm room or first apartment, too. They have dishes, cookware, appliances, lamps, and all kinds of incidentals you or your child might need, at affordable prices.
And how about those bicycles or other items that you’ve had hanging out in your garage, that your kids have outgrown, and that have been taking up valuable space, for far too long? Not only can you clean out your garage, you can help provide a job, or job training for someone in YOUR community, who just wants a chance to support themselves.
If you’ve found this post motivating, think of the good you could do by sharing it with your friends – no matter what community you live in! A share on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter might mean job training hours for someone who desperately needs a job! Thanks in advance!