The cold weather and frequent snow has had a negative impact on donations to Goodwill stores locally.  As a result, the agency is making an appeal to the public to make a special effort right now to donate gently used clothing, shoes and jackets to the nearest Goodwill store.

“There’s always a slowdown in donations during the winter months.” said Michael Smith, Goodwill SWPA’s President/CEO.  “But the worse than usual winter weather we’re having this year has greatly reduced donations, and our stores are getting really low on clothing and other donated items.”

Mr. Smith said donations are the life-blood of Goodwill stores, which represent nearly half of the operating revenues for the diversified human services agency.

“Goodwill stores are important to the community in two ways,” he said. “Many of our customers are on very tight budgets and they rely on the stores’ low prices for their families’ needs. Also, revenue from the stores helps to sustain the programs that Goodwill provides for people with employment barriers. Your donations literally help to create jobs.”

In addition to clothing, Goodwill also needs donations of housewares, books, furniture and jewelry, as well as cars, computers and other electronic equipment.Find the nearest store location at www.goodwillswpa.org and donate to Goodwill today.

“We greatly appreciate all the support we receive from the community throughout the year, and Goodwill really needs help from the community right now,” Mr. Smith said.

CONTACT:     David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development

                          412-632-1942 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org

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