This is a sponsored post on behalf of Goodwill.
What do the holidays mean to you? For many of us the holidays are beautifully stressful. A wonderful combination of holiday traditions with the stress of buying or making that perfect gift for everyone on our list. And of course the hustle and bustle of attending all of the get-togethers. So how can you make this holiday season extra special without adding any additional stress and give back to your community? The answer is simple. Fill a Give Back Box and send your donations to Goodwill.
What is a Give Back Box you ask? Give Back Box® provides vendor services to retailers and charities, allowing each and every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. So it is also a ‘green’ solution! Reuse your online shipping boxes in which you received your purchases, or any other cardboard box you may have, to donate your unwanted household items: such as gently used clothing, shoes etc., to make a major difference in the life of another person.
In addition to saving your pocket book, you will be doing a great service to your community with the items you purchase. Goodwill sells donated goods through more than 3,200 stores across the United States and Canada, and channels more than 85 percent of sales revenue to provide those services to people who are unemployed or underemployed. Nearly 2 million people engaged in face-to-face Goodwill services to advance in their careers, and more than 35 million people accessed Goodwill’s virtual education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills and gain industry-recognized credentials.
Wonder how else you can keep the giving spirit alive this holiday season?
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 hasthtag #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.
While you’re at it you can even calculate how your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s donation impact calculator, a feature available within the Goodwill Locator App and at Goodwill.org (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 to people facing challenges finding employment.