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Good Enough Mother: Giving Back to Empower The Community This Season

Good Enough Mother:
Giving Back to Empower
The Community This Season


Some of us are welcoming the holidays with open arms. Others, maybe not. The great thing about the holidays, whether you love them, or love to hate them, is that we can all do our small part to empower our local communities. How do we do this you ask? By giving back to Goodwill. That’s right, Goodwill.

Thanks to the job training programs made possible by donations of clothes and household items, Goodwill helped place more than 312,000 in jobs in the United States and Canada in 2015 — that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day. So you’re literally donating your stuff AND helping to create jobs. That is an impressive way to empower our local communities!

Giving back to the community is now easier than ever with the help of Give Back Box. The purpose of Give Back Box® is to provide an effortless and convenient method of donating your used household items. Give Back Box not only provides an easy way to be part of a truly good cause, it also allows cardboard boxes a second life by recycling them and keeping them away from landfills to help improve our environment.

Doing some online shopping this year?

Did you know, when you shop online this holiday season many major retailers will send your purchase in a Give Back Box? This will enable you to donate items to your local Goodwill at no cost to you. This program gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Visit for more information and participating retailers. I don’t know about you – but I am certainly more likely to grab an item from a retailer who wants to give back, too.


You can even calculate how much your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s donation impact calculator, a feature available within the Goodwill Locator App  and at (click “Explore Our Map” on the homepage to access the calculator). Simply input the items you’re donating to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services you’ve helped provide people facing challenges finding employment.

How else can you help to empower your local community?

Show us your stuff by doing a “Reverse Shopping Haul” photo or video:
We’ve all seen those shopping haul videos and photos on blogs and social media. In fact, several of my friends make them about their thrift shop finds from Goodwill. But we would love to see a “Reverse Haul” video or photo that shares what you plan to donate using the hashtag #DonateStuffCreateJobs. Share videos or picture(s) of the items you plan to donate and use the donation impact calculator to let the world know how many hours of on-the-job training you are creating with your used stuff — stuff that doesn’t help anyone when it’s in the back of your closet or under your bed.


What are you waiting for? Go shopping, clean out your closets, get your holiday on, and empower your community!

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