ROCKVILLE, MD — The economy is showing signs of recovery, but a new survey from the National Association for Business Economics shows that job growth will likely be slow for the next couple of years. People who are already dealing with long bouts of unemployment need help to find jobs and take care of their families. By donating clean, gently used clothing and textiles during the semi-annual Goodwill Sale at Bon-Ton stores, donors can help those individuals obtain job training and employment and receive a discount on new merchandise at the same time.
The Goodwill Sale at Bon-Ton stores will take place from Wednesday, March 10, 2010, through Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Consumers who donate clothing and textiles at Bon-Ton will receive a discount coupon for every item donated. The coupon can be used at Bon-Ton locations for 20 percent off apparel, shoes and accessories, and 15 percent off cosmetics, fragrances and home store merchandise. Certain items, including electronics and toys, qualify for a 10 percent discount.
Donations will be sold in Goodwill stores, where the revenues fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based services for people with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience and others facing challenges to finding employment.
“Donating items you no longer need to Goodwill is a simple act of charity anyone can do and directly benefits people in your local communities,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Your donations allow Goodwill to provide the job training services that people need to build their careers, be independent and create a positive impact on their communities.”
Every customer who donates at Bon-Ton during the Goodwill Sale is contributing an “Act of Goodwill” to help others. People who pledge their support for Goodwill’s mission and register their commitment on the www.millionactsofgoodwill.com website, will receive an exclusive 25 percent discount in-store coupon. Those who register on the website will also have a chance to play the Spin to Win game and be entered in the $1,000 cash prize sweepstakes.
As people clean out their closets this spring, Goodwill and Bon-Ton ask donors to carefully decide what they do with items they no longer need. The Goodwill Sale generates millions of pounds of donations for Goodwill, a nonprofit organization with a long history of strengthening families and communities. Every 42 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a good job, allowing them to pay for household expenses like food and child care, as well as allowing them to make long-term economic investments such as education or purchasing a home or car.
“The Goodwill Sale is more than a major sale event for our company; it enables Goodwill to help those who need it most in our local communities,” said Bud Bergren, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “The successful partnership between Bon-Ton and Goodwill gives people an opportunity to help their neighbors who are building their job skills and careers.”