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    Get Organized This Spring with Help From Goodwill

    A woman and man putting an item into a boxSpring is right around the corner. As I come out of my winter hibernation, I find myself experiencing the following symptoms:

    • The urge to clean my space
    • The need to clear the clutter
    • The desire to repurpose the stuff I no longer use

    Do you experience one or more of these symptoms? Fear not — you, just like me, simply have a case of the spring cleaning bug! Gladly, Goodwill® has two new partners that have joined the Donate Movement to help us declutter our lives and help those in need in our community.

    Clean Out Your Drawers

    In effort to help aid your spring cleaning, Hanes and Goodwill have partnered to launch the Clean Out Your Drawers initiative in March.

    Hanes recently conducted research that sheds light into the usually dark spaces of our closets and drawers.  According to a national survey commissioned by Hanes, most people wear only 70 percent of the items inside their drawers.

    Together, Hanes and Goodwill want to support your efforts to organize, donate and replenish. The program was developed in response to an overwhelmingly common occurrence of cluttered, messy drawers, and offers fun and easy solutions for getting organized. Visit www.facebook.com/Hanes for more information and tips on how to Clean Out Your Drawers.

    Dress-cue Your Old Clothes

    Planet Green and Goodwill are also working together to educate you on ways you can make the world a better place. Part of the Goodwill and Planet Green partnership includes the April launch of the network’s new docu-series, Dresscue Me, featuring self-taught designer Shareen Mitchell.  Owning stores on both coasts, Shareen works with everyday women on her show to turn vintage clothing finds into chic, fashion-forward frocks.  After you donate all those items from your spring cleaning extravaganza, she will provide you tips on how to look your best in the new season.

    Out With the Old…

    To cure my spring cleaning bug this year, I will be taking my donated goods to my nearest Goodwill.  Computers, books, clothes, lamps and many other items can be donated to Goodwill.  To find out what items are accepted and where to donate:

    Find Your Local Goodwill »

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    • Kathy
      March 18th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      Can’t seem to get an answer to my questions by calling local Goodwill. I would like to know what happens to my donations if they are not sold at the local store or if they are not acceptable donations in the eyes of the employees. Are they sent to poor countries? Is clothing sent to another country if it is self-hemmed? What countries get these donations? Do you accept all season clothing (winter clothing in the spring/summer)? Do poor countries make new clothing out of things that are not acceptable here? If clothing isn’t the latest fashions of today, are they sent to another country? Made into rags for industries? I would like more and honest answers to my questions before I decide what agency will receive our donations.

      • - GII Director of Mobile and Digital Strategies
        March 21st, 2011 at 1:45 am
        Adam Stiska

        Kathy – Thanks for your questions. Each Goodwill develops its own procedures for dealing with unsold merchandise. While some Goodwills sell their items by the pound at an outlet, other Goodwills recycle the material. In either case, donations do not end up in a landfill.

    • Melanie
      May 28th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Will Goodwill take winter clothing in the spring? I have a lot of size 22 good quality but old winter clothing I wish to donate.

    • - GII Online Content Manager
      June 1st, 2011 at 2:00 pm
      Jenni B. Baker

      Hi Melanie —

      Most Goodwills will accept all types of clothing year-round. I encourage you to contact your local Goodwill headquarters to find out about the specific donation guidelines in your area. You can look up their contact information using our locator at http://locator.goodwill.org.

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