Spreading Goodwill All Week


    GRAND RAPIDS — Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids is celebrating Goodwill Week in all 10 Grand Rapids area stores and several area elementary schools as a way to offer customers reasons to shop Goodwill retail stores and acknowledge a mission well served.

    More than 580,000 people nationwide and 1,800 in the Grand Rapids area benefited from Goodwill job training and career services in 2002.

    As part of the celebration customers can register to win $25 in Goodwill Bonus Bucks, a DVD player and take advantage of selected store specials today through Thursday.

    Stores will also have a weekend sidewalk sale Friday through Sunday, offering 50 percent off all pants, skirts and shorts on Friday, 50 percent off all tops on Saturday and 50 percent off all dresses and suits on Sunday.

    Kids are encouraged to participate in Goodwill Week as well. Twelve area elementary schools are joining together to host a “bag it up” donation drive through Friday, collecting gently used clothing, toys and other items to donate to Goodwill.

    Schools earn community service vouchers, good for five free items at any Goodwill store, in exchange for donations they collect.

    The “bag it up” drive teaches the lesson of philanthropy to the children and also enables them to take their service one step further by deciding together where in their community the vouchers they earn can best be used.

    “Goodwill is unique because we are able to help people with barriers receive the training and vocational counseling they need, while at the same time accommodating employers’ needs by delivering a trained, skilled and reliable workforce,” said Tina Hartley, president and CEO of Goodwill of GR.

    “By working closely with our business partners and forming new relationships, we’ll continue to tailor our trainings more specifically to the employer needs that are currently out there and ultimately be able to move more individuals toward self-sufficiency.”           

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