Goodwill continues to accept donations, contactless pickups available across the city

Tidying up and decluttering has become a popular quarantine activity, leaving some to wonder where they can send their donations.

News 12 Staff

May 4, 2020, 9:32 PM

Updated 1,480 days ago

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Tidying up and decluttering has become a popular quarantine activity, leaving some to wonder where they can send their donations.
"We are having some donation bags that you can request, they're about 4 feet by 5 feet, so you can put some clothes in there, some shoes,” said Katy Gaul-Stigge, president and CEO of Goodwill NYNJ. 
Gaul-Stigge says their stores and donation sites may be closed, but that donations through the mail are open. 
"This is a big deal for us to be shut down, and we feel the pinch just like all retailers,” said Gaul-Stigge. Goodwill is hoping contactless pickups across the city can help after having to shut down down during the busy season. 
The revenue being lost from the Goodwill stores helps fund programs to aid people with disabilities or mental health issues find jobs. 
"You may just think of Goodwill as the store, most people do, but really that's the engine that drives Goodwill,” Gaul-Stigge.
With the unemployment rate so high right now, she says luckily Goodwill has been able to keep 90% of its programming going virtually, even holding job fairs online.
"We've been through the Great Depression, we've been through 2008, we've been through 9/11, we really want to stay here, stay strong and be able to help this community,” says Gaul-Stigge. 
Gaul-Stigge asks that people consider making a monetary donation through Goodwill's COVID-19 crisis fund, so that it can keep its programs going. 
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