Shop, Donate and Make a Difference During the Goodwill Sale

Elder Beerman

Elder Beerman

Everyone knows someone who is out of work and looking for a way to make ends meet. Unemployment is a nationwide problem often told through statistics, but here in Central Ohio, it’s a problem that has names and faces. Unfortunately, it’s a problem that can seem too monumental for individuals to do anything about. But here’s a quick, fun and productive way you can help out.

Marion Goodwill Industries of is pleased to participate in the 20th year of the semi-annual Goodwill Sale with The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. During the Goodwill Sale, which takes place from September 17 to October 4, 2014, The Bon-Ton Stores’ 273 locations will accept donations of clothing and household textiles to benefit Goodwill. For each item donated, shoppers will receive discount coupons of up to 25 percent off new purchases at any Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s or Younkers stores. In addition to supporting Goodwill’s mission, the Goodwill Sale is a great shopping event just in time to save on new fall merchandise.  Customers can also visit and spin the wheel for a chance to win a $100 Bon-Ton gift card instantly. One grand prize winner will be awarded a $1,000 Bon-Ton shopping spree.

That’s about as easy as it gets to help people find employment. Not only do consumers get to shop with significant discounts at Elder Beerman their donations go directly toward furthering Goodwill’s mission of helping people find jobs right here in Marion County. Revenues from the sale of these donations will fund Goodwill’s job training and community programs in the communities we serve.

Throughout the years, the Goodwill Sale has become a tradition for many Elder Beerman shoppers in Marion who put aside their donations in preparation for the Goodwill Sale. Consumers who have grown out of last year’s clothes, gone through those summer wardrobe items that they won’t wear again, or just have household textiles that they no longer need, should start thinking now about what to donate — and, of course, what to buy.

Those who don’t have anything to donate can also participate and make a difference. In 2013, the sale introduced a new donating opportunity, allowing shoppers to give $5 at any Bon-Ton register in exchange for sale coupons. All of the money collected is then donated to Goodwill.

This spring, shoppers donated a total of $482,000 to benefit Goodwill’s mission of helping people find jobs. The Goodwill Sale also collected more than 2.5 million pounds of clothing and textiles nationwide with an estimated value of $10 million in revenue. The combined positive impact of these donations equals approximately 344,000 hours of job training services to help people gain skills and go to work in the communities where they were collected.

Marion Goodwill of is thrilled to play a part in the Goodwill Sale. What began as a local partnership spearheaded by Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee) 20 years ago has grown over time to include other Goodwill agencies and Bon-Ton stores across the United States. In 2006, the promotion was expanded to all seven nameplates operated by The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Marion Goodwill is honored to be one of the organizations helping people find jobs via the Goodwill Sale.

 What do you plan to donate at Elder Beerman during the Goodwill Sale?




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