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Acts of 'goodwill' may be good for the soul and area residents during holidays

GREATER SPRINGFIELD Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley is currently requesting donations of gently used clothing and household items. Donations from families and individuals in the community will help Goodwill reach their Annual Appeal goal of collecting 300,000 pounds of donated goods by the end of the year. This will translate into $150,000 when those donations are sold locally in one of Goodwill's eight retail stores. Donations can be made at any of the Goodwill retail stores, which are open daily and located throughout Westfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Springfield, Chicopee and Palmer. People can also donate through the "Last Chance!" donation drives at all Rocky's Hardware Stores and the Holyoke Mall on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Goodwill store locations and details on the Annual Appeal can be found at www.ourgoodwill.org. All financial contributions and donations of goods are tax-deductible for 2009 if made before the end of the year. There has never been a better time to give to Goodwill than in our current economy. The donation stays 100 percent local and is recycled into local retail stores. That benefits hundreds of area residents with work and provides thousands of local families with great value for their shopping dollar. Since 1902, Goodwill has been collecting and reselling goods in order to fund job training and career services. Goodwill provides services to individuals with a variety of disadvantaging or disabling conditions. The individuals who come to Goodwill are trained to work, and then give back to the community. Goodwill seeks to eliminate barriers to opportunities and foster self-determination in order to improve the quality and dignity of life and full participation in the community.

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