To save our sanity, many of us have taken up online shopping during the holidays. What many of us don’t know, is that we can take those boxes we get from those orders and put them to good use. Many major retailers will send your purchase in a Give Back Box, which will enable you to donate items to your local Goodwill at no cost to you. This program gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Visit GiveBackBox.com for more information.
As we prepare for holiday parties, we can also take the time to clean out our closets for the new year and give a little extra back to the local community at the same time. Goodwill provides ways to fulfill all of these goals. Not only can you shop for your holiday outfits, but you can also make a difference in the lives of people in your community by donating to Goodwill.
Goodwill sells donated goods through more than 3,200 stores across the United States and Canada, and channels more than 85 percent of sales revenue to provide those services to people who are unemployed or underemployed.
Since the holidays can be an increased stress for those that find themselves without work, we can do a simple good deed by giving a little extra to Goodwill or by doing some of our shopping there.
You would be amazed at what you might find. They have such a variety of gently used items and even some new items. Take a minute to reflect on the great blessings life has offered you and take this opportunity to give a little extra back to your community.
While you’re at it, you can take some time to share your “Reverse Shopping Haul” with us. We’ve all seen those shopping haul videos and photos on blogs and social media. In fact, several of my friends make them about their thrift shop finds from Goodwill. But we would love to see a “Reverse Haul” video or photo that shares what you plan to donate using the hashtag #DonateStuffCreateJobs. Share videos or picture(s) of the items you plan to donate and use the donation impact calculator to let the world know how many hours of on-the-job training you are creating with your used stuff — stuff that doesn’t help anyone when it’s in the back of your closet or under your bed. We can’t wait to see your haul!
This post was written by Goodwill.