Horizon Goodwill Industries in Hagerstown is asking people to donate gently used clothing and other items to meet a growing need from the public.
Deb Carbaugh, Goodwill Industries spokeswoman, said today’s sluggish economy has increased customer demand for clothing and various other items that the charitable organization offers at a reduced price.
“Times are leaner now,” Carbaugh said. “People are hanging onto things longer and longer ... As the economy struggles, so do our donations.”
Carbaugh said that about 89 percent of the revenue Goodwill generates through sales in its stores is used to fund job training, career services and other programs to help a variety of people, including those with physical and mental disabilities.
She said the skills help participants in the program become self-sufficient.
Goodwill needs all types of gently used clothing and other textiles, such as shirts, blouses, jeans, sweaters, business suits, dresses, skirts, sweat suits, coats, shoes, boots, towels, sheets and blankets.
Also needed are various household items, including small kitchen appliances, glassware, dishes and knick-knacks.
Donations are tax-deductible.
The attended donations center in Hagerstown is at 151 N. Burhans Blvd.
To find the Goodwill location nearest you, call 800-435-2480 or go to www.horizongoodwill.org.
— Dan Dearth