Monday, August 3, 2009
To ensure that every child goes back to school in style this year, Goodwill Industries International and Family Circle have teamed up to launch a five million pound clothing drive which will run from Saturday, August 1 through Wednesday, September 30, 2009. More than 2,300 Goodwill stores are participating and you can find the location nearest you at http://locator.goodwill.org/. The partnership will be featured in the September issue of Family Circle, the magazine’s first ever issue dedicated to Back-To-School, as well as www.shopfamilycircle.com, the brand’s new e-commerce destination.
Family Circle and Goodwill invite parents to put their gently used adult and kids’ clothes to work by donating them so that another child can have a "new to them" outfit for their first day of school. The donated items will be sold at more than 2,300 Goodwill® retail stores, making affordable, contemporary clothing available to families on a budget. The program will also generate revenue that funds Goodwill’s job training programs and career services to help families achieve economic success.
"Not only is donating to Goodwill a great way to clean out closets and teach your children about gratitude, responsibility and the opportunity to help others, but your donation will help fund support services such as youth programs and childcare so that people can stabilize their families while finding good jobs," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.
Readers can help Goodwill and Family Circle reach their five million pound goal by attaching the donation coupon from the magazine’s September issue with their clothing contribution. Readers can also visit www.shopfamilycircle.com/goodwill to find helpful information about organizing their own Back-to-School Clothing Drives.
"The Family Circle community is always looking for ways to give back and get involved," said Carey Witmer, Publisher of Family Circle. "Partnering with Goodwill – both in the magazine and on our new e-commerce destination – is a great way to give our readers the tools to help families in need."