Thrift Stores See High Donations To Start New Year

FAYETTEVILLE — For many of you, cleaning out your closet is a top priority to start the new year, so a local nonprofit thrift store taking your donations and using them to help the community.

Goodwill in Fayetteville sees more donations in January than any other time of the year.

“Your donations stay locally so when you donate in Northwest Arkansas, your donations stay in that area. So we really do see a lot of our donors coming our shoppers and our shoppers becoming our donors,” said Kimberly Stevens, Goodwill store manager. “When we receive a donation, our goal is to get it to the sales floor within 24 hours so if you’re donating today, there’s a very good chance that by tomorrow, you could come in and purchase those items.”

The nonprofit says that your donations help those who are just trying to get back on their feet. Financial contributions go to the store’s career center, where they teach folks on the job hunt.

“We do computer classes, job readiness skill classes as well as just a one-on-one to help them interview better,” Stevens said.

Your clothes can help folks see a brighter future.

“Clean out your closets, clean out your garage, storage unit and 96 percent of your donations help fund our mission and our mission is to help get jobs in Northwest Arkansas,” Stevens said.

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