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Goodwill turns donations into programs, services

Dec 24, 2012

IOWA CITY — Recycling not only benefits the planet, it also can help someone struggling to gain independence achieve that goal.

At Goodwill, the team is happy to turn treasures into programs and services for individuals with disabilities

Since this is a popular time of year to donate items in order to receive a tax receipt, the team at Goodwill wants to remind donors of a few details to help speed along that process in order to provide the most good for the people it serves.

Goodwill cannot accept some items, such as televisions, outdoor power equipment, sofa sleepers, etc. Most of these items are unacceptable due to hazards they can cause for the staff and clients. Goodwill has to pay fees to dispose of these items, taking away from its mission to help individuals overcome barriers to independence. For a complete list of items Goodwill is unable to accept, visit the website, goodwillheartland.org and click on the “Shoppers & Donors” tab in the blue bar.

Goodwill will, however, be able to accept complete boxed artificial Christmas trees now through Jan. 15. Any pre-lit trees must be in working order.

Do not leave items at the door when Goodwill is not open. Unfortunately, some people take this as an opportunity to “shop” during the night, and donations don’t have the full power donors intended. Stop by during business hours so that staff is able to say thank you personally. Hours are available on the website in the “Shoppers & Donors” tab.

Donors don’t have to wait until Dec. 31 to bring in donations and get a tax receipt. Though Goodwill plans to have a lot of staff to assist, lines will be long Dec. 31, and they know donors would rather be spending time with family and friends. Locations are listed on the website under the “Shoppers & Donors” tab.

 

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