The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

October 27, 2011

Goodwill in desperate need of donations

Representatives will be going door-to-door in Ashtabula County starting today

ASHTABULA — Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula is in desperate need of womens’ clothing, shoes and anything with fabric.

“Now more than every we need your help and donations, so  we are coming to you; we are going to go door-to-door,” said Alexandra VanAllen, marketing and development manager.

Goodwill will be going door-to-door in the Ashtabula County area starting today. Goodwill representatives will be leaving promotional material, Goodwill tags and large white plastic bags at each house they visit.

 If you would like to participate simply fill up the plastic bags with any unwanted gently used clothing, tie one of the tags around the top of the bag and leave it on your porch. Goodwill will come haul it away for you starting Saturday, Oct. 29, VanAllen said.

“We will not haul away anything that does not have a tag, is not placed with tagged material or is not in some other way marked Goodwill,” she said.

According to research VanAllen found, people do not travel more than 10 miles to donate, so Goodwill is coming to the people.

Goodwill will begin by testing the promotion in the harbor area to gage the response.

“We have a city permit to do this,” VanAllen said.

VanAllen said because of the present economy less people are donating.

“At first more people were shopping, but then donations decreased and then people stopped coming by to look,” she said.

The biggest need is for women’s clothing, textiles (anything made of fabric) and shoes. Women’s clothing is the number one best seller at the Goodwill store. The store does not need housewares and Christmas products right now.

“In an economy like this we should be thriving; the only way Goodwill will succeed is if the community gets involved,” VanAllen said.

“We use 100 percent of our profits for education and job training,” said VanAllen, who believes 100 percent in Goodwill’s mission statement.

Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula Inc. was founded in 1935 and serves Lake and Ashtabula Counties as well as northwest Pennsylvania.

“Today the mission continues to reflect our roots - to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities or special needs through education, job training and the power of work,” according to

“The message here really speaks to me and that’s why I wanted to work here, to make a difference in people’s lives,” VanAllen said. “We have many inspiring success stories.”

Goodwill is launching this drive now because October is traditionally their biggest month for buying. Many people shop at the Ashtabula Harbor store for the brand new Halloween costumes.

“Spring and summer are a bigger time for donations; and January and February are always slow, so we need to fill our warehouse to keep people working,” she said.

In November there will be a donation drive at the Outdoor Army Navy Store, Main Avenue, Ashtabula, noon - 2 p.m., Nov. 12.

Get 10 percent off of your entire purchase on Nov. 12 at The Outdoor Army Navy Store by bringing a bag of donations to the Goodwill truck. The truck will be parked directly outside of the store.


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