Random Acts of Kindness Week & More!

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This year’s Random Acts of Kindness week is February 12th-18th.  It is an annual opportunity to unite through kindness. This seven-day celebration demonstrates that kindness is contagious. It all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same. Let’s turn the world kind!

  • Monday, Feb. 12th – Place positive sticky notes on computer screens, bathroom mirrors or around your workplace.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13th – Give a handwritten thank you note to a coworker.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14th – Hand out candy hearts with messages to everyone you see.
  • Thursday, Feb. 15th – Donate gently used clothing or household goods to Goodwill.
  • Friday, February 16th – Clean the office refrigerator or microwave.
  • Saturday, February 17th – Compliment the first three people you talk to.
  • Sunday, February 18th – Extend your hand to someone in need; give your full attention & simply listen.

For these and other ideas, visit: www.actsofkindness.org

Spread Some Love This Valentine’s Day with Goodwill Finds

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How will you spread the love this Valentine’s Day? Of course choosing a sweet card for your love and spending time together is a must. If you’re rocking the single life, doing something special to love yourself is essential. But spreading a little love with your community is a great step to take too, and it’s as easy as shopping at Goodwill! Give your sweetheart something as unique as they are!!

 

 

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Support Marion Goodwill this #GivingTuesday

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You can empower people with disabilities and other barriers on Tuesday, November 29, when you participate in #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a national day of giving that celebrates and encourages charitable activities. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the giving season.

To each individual we serve, the impact of your giving is different, it could be a youth that needs guidance from a mentor to get back on the right track; an adult with disabilities that has the desire to work but needs coaching to be successful; a mother given a second chance to re-enter the workforce; an individual who has been incarcerated gain the skills and the support needed to obtain a job. Goodwill helps people overcome barriers so they can achieve a better life and gain greater independence.

To make your gift, simply click here. By doing so, you’ll be supporting programs that restore hope for those who most need it in the communities we serve.

To learn move about #GivingTuesday watch this video.

Thank you!

 

 

September at Goodwill

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Marion Goodwill Urges Americans to the #LABOROFLOVE Pledge to Spread Awareness About Goodwill and the Importance of Job Training

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5.6 million job openings on the last business day of June this year. In observance of Labor Day, between August 30 and September 6, Marion Goodwill is challenging people in the communities we serve to sign Goodwill’s #LaborOfLove pledge to spread awareness about Goodwill and the importance of job placement and training programs for people looking for employment. Visit http://bit.ly/LaborOfLove2016 and learn more about Goodwill and how individuals can support its efforts to put people to work.

 

 The Elder Beerman Goodwill Sale Helps Community!

Donate Apparel at Elder Beerman Stores and Receive Discounts on New Fall Merchandise

Facebook JacketConsumers who want to save on fall fashion and support a good cause — know that Elder Beerman Stores are the place to shop this season. People who donate clothing, shoes, accessories or other household textiles for Goodwill will receive discount coupons to purchase the newest fall fashions for the entire family as well as home merchandise. The semi-annual Elder Beerman Goodwill Sale will take place from September 14 – October 1, 2016.

Donors will receive coupons of up to 25 percent off merchandise at Elder Beerman. The special Goodwill donor discount applies to women’s, men’s and children’s apparel; shoes; handbags; home items; and luggage, with 15 percent off on cosmetics and fragrances.

Elder Beerman stores will donate the items collected to Marion Goodwill, where they will be sold in Goodwill stores. Revenues from the sale of those items help fund job training and services in the communities where they are collected, and they help people find jobs and build their careers.

“When you take part in the Elder Beerman Sale, you can be certain your donations provide services that help people who face challenges to finding employment,” said Kathy Wink, Director of Marketing & Development of Marion Goodwill. “Elder Beerman shoppers get great deals on new fall clothing and other items, and Goodwill is better able to support career development programs that help individuals and families.”

 

Look Good and Help People Find Jobs This Halloween by Shopping at Goodwill

Create One-of-a-Kind Halloween Costumes for Less at Goodwill 2016_Halloween_Lookbook_FB_Tourists

Look no further than your nearest Goodwill store to find the unique Halloween costume guaranteed to impress your friends and family. Each year, millions of people come to Goodwill to find the pieces they need to create an amazing Halloween costumes for less. Whether you are looking for the perfect white shirt to complete a pirate or vampire costume or a vintage ball gown to become a zombie princess or prom queen, Goodwill has the clothing, shoes and accessories you need for Halloween.

“Whether you have a costume in mind or you have no idea what to be for Halloween, Goodwill has you covered. Browse the aisles of clothing and unleash your creativity with accessories from Goodwill to complete your unique look,” Lynn Deeter, VP Retail said. “Shopping at Goodwill is fun and helps the community. Your Goodwill purchase helps fund job placement and training programs for people looking for employment.”

When you shop at or donate to Goodwill, you help fund job placement and training programs and other services that help people find jobs, earn paychecks and care for their families. To learn more about the Goodwill career services or to find your nearest Goodwill store or donation center, visit http://www.mariongoodwill.org.

Let Kid’s Define Their Style This Back-to-School Season at Goodwill

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As summer is nearing an end and families gear up for the next school year, they can visit Goodwill to find all the items children need for back to school. Goodwill stores are great places to find clothes, shoes and other supplies children need when they head back to the classroom. In addition to being a one-stop shop for back-to-school needs, children have more freedom to define their style on a budget when they shop at Goodwill.

Kids these days are socially and environmentally conscious young people eager to serve their communities. As you prepare your children to head back to school, shop at Goodwill for the items they need while teaching them important life lessons.

Shopping at and donating to Goodwill is an important experience for children. They learn the value of helping people in their communities find employment and care for their families. College students can find furniture and housewares at Goodwill stores — enough to fill a dorm room or first apartment. In addition, shopgoodwill.com has many other items your kids may need. Parents can bid on musical instruments, sporting equipment, graphing calculators and many other accessories kids need for back to school.

As families buy items for back to school, Goodwill encourages them to donate the clothing and other items their children have outgrown. See the below list to find your nearest Goodwill store or donation center.

Retail Store Locations:

  • Marion: 1637 Marion Mt. Gilead Rd.
  • Delaware: 1135 Columbus Pike
  • Marysville: 15709 US RT. 36 East
  • Galion: 753 Carter Dr.
  • Lewis Center: 123 Neverland Dr.
  • Powell: 9820 Brewster Lane
  • Sunbury: 149 St. Rt. 3
  • Westerville: 7107 Northgate Way
  • Mt. Gilead: 527 West Marion Rd.

Donation Centers:

  • Powell: 210 N. Liberty St.
  • Lewis Center: 6437 Pullman Dr.

                                                                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

Shop Goodwill for Mother’s Day!

Mothers DayConsidering all of the incredible things our moms have done for us over the years, the very least they deserve is a really wonderful, heart-felt celebration on Mother’s Day. With just a few days left to prepare, we’re hoping you’ve already got some great ideas. If not, let us help! Goodwill’s goal is to aid in the success of people who are striving to earn a paycheck and support their families – many of those people are moms who work tirelessly to provide. Here’s an idea that you can help those mothers in your community while also giving your mom a little relief next Sunday.

Treat your mom to an easy, stress-free brunch, complete with a yummy meal and, most importantly, plenty of quality time with you.  Goodwill has a large variety of linens, plates, & serving dishes all at a great price. And, just by shopping at Goodwill, you will create the perfect brunch to honor your mom while also helping others.

All of the moms we know just want a little break on Mother’s Day. That means no cooking, no cleaning, and a little pampering. Oh, and make sure you thank her for her years of selflessness and hard work. She’s earned it. Happy Mother’s Day!

Hang On! It’s Going To Be A Good Ride!

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WELCOME TO MY WORLD! I LOVE TO SHOP AT THRIFT STORES, I love Freecycle and Craig’s List, I have actually pulled things out of dumpsters, and my husband won’t go to town with me the night before garbage day…  The Boy (my son, age 8) and I will be blogging about our adventures — for all to see — as we thrift shop all over the Marion Goodwill territory. We’ll also be sharing the inner secrets of the Goodwill operation, visiting some of our other thrifting friends, and checking in with local experts. Essentially, we’ve been in training for this our entire lives and WE ARE READY!

So you can be ready too, I want to share some of the tools of the trade for anyone really serious about shopping in the world of thrift. I’ve taken a picture of some of the things I try to have along on our adventures, including:

  • a purse or clutch — I can hang on my arm and not worry about misplacing
  • a bottle of water (and sometimes food) — got to stay hydrated, you never know how long you will be there!
  • magnifying glass — to read the small print on silverware, etc.
  • small leatherman type tool — in case I need to open the back of a battery compartment.
  • tape measure — it doesn’t do you any good to buy something that is the wrong size or won’t fit in the space you have for it.
  • buyer’s notebook — more about that later, basically my shopping lists, sizes, measurements, etc.
  • shopper’s cards — after a certain number of purchases — FREE STUFF!!
  • disinfectant — self-explanatory, you need it everywhere these days.
  • magnet — what type of metal are we talking?
  • cash, debit, credit — make sure you know what the store will take, but cash is always king! I also give my son a specific amount that he can spend.
  • band aids — depending on how a store attached price tags, you may need these.

I also take a re-usable shopping bag to avoid using a store’s plastic bags.  Reduce.  Reuse.  Repair.  Recycle.

So hang on. My life is like a water slide and you just got in at the top of the shoot. There’s not much you can do about it now — just hang on and scream… I can assure you, it will be a good ride!

good people. good stuff. Goodwill.

See ya’ll at the store,
T and The Boy

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