#GoodwillDate Begins to Go Viral

Goodwill Date 300A young Florida couple is being credited for creating what might be the next big date night trend: “Goodwill Date.”

The idea was initially conceived when Cody Andrews and his girlfriend Paula Williams, were donating items and shopping at their local Goodwill store in Fort Walton Beach, FL. The duo selected a quirky outfit for each other and then went on a date without informing others of their plan. They also challenged friends to participate.

Andrews posted a photo from one of his outings on Facebook. The picture received 4,000 shares only four days after being uploaded and its accompanying caption reads, “Hitting McGuires for dinner then out for drinks. Official rules: each person picks out their significant others (or BFF’s) surprise outfit at Goodwill, $10 budget, outfit has to be gender appropriate. When on the date you can’t tell people it’s a joke. When you upload your picture you have to challenge two more couples.”

While some spectators appeared confused by how the “Goodwill Daters” were dressed, the reactions have been positive overall, which was the goal according to Andrews. Those responding to his dare have been using #goodwilldate to display their attire on social media channels such as Instagram and Twitter.

“Even if we were millionaires, we would still shop at thrift stores. It’s good for the environment, the organization itself and you can find some very unique items from every decade in the last fifty years,” Andrews told ABC News.

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Be Your Own Monster this Halloween

PrintBefore you know it, Halloween will be here in all its spook-tacular glory. Goodwill’s new online Halloween Headquarters, goodwill.org/Halloween, shows you how to “Be Your Own Monster.” It has all you need for the season: costume ideas, makeup videos, Halloween party inspiration, home decorations, and more.

Once you’ve explored the site, join us at a Goodwill store to find your costume. Not only will your costume be unlike anyone else’s, but your purchase helps create jobs and build communities.

To celebrate this season, Goodwill® has teamed up with Sony Pictures Animation for the release of the monster comedy, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2, in theaters starting September 25. Together, we’re spreading the word that Goodwill is THE place to find and build your one-of-a-kind costume.

Get inspired, learn more and find the closest Goodwill store at goodwill.org/Halloween.

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