Tonawanda News

January 10, 2014

Goodwill issues request for donations

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The Goodwill has issues a plea for donations after the recent cold snap combined with the typically slow post-Christmas time has left area stores without enough items to sell, the charitable group said.

The need is especially great for furniture, household items and electronics.

The Goodwill accepts donations of all manner for sale in their second-hand stores. The proceeds go to employment training and career counseling for those seeking a job.

“Donations to Goodwill allow us to provide job training, employment placement services and other community based programs to people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience and others facing challenges to finding employment,” said Lisa Churakos, Goodwill’s director of retail and donated goods. “Last year, more than 2,700 (people) with vocational barriers participated in our programs. The community’s support is vital to this effort and can really make an impact.”

One bag of clothes can provide one hour of resume preparation assistance to someone looking for work, she said.

There are three donation centers in the Tonawandas: At the Goodwill store in the Mid City Plaza on Payne Avenue in North Tonawanda, at the Tops supermarket, 150 Niagara St., City of Tonawanda, and at the Colvin-Eggert Plaza in the Town of Tonawanda.

The Goodwill accepts clothing, furniture and housewares for sale in its thrift stores. Electronics are recycled for cash. All donations are tax deductible.