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Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois will open its first Donation Express at 8 a.m., Friday, Dec. 19, at 3065 N. Perryville Road, Rockford.
Donations of clothing, shoes, house wares, sporting goods, computers and electronics, books and other gently used items are accepted at the Donation Express. Furniture cannot be accepted, but can instead be donated at any of Goodwill’s store locations. Donated items can be counted as charitable deductions on 2014 tax returns if donations are made on or before Dec. 31, 2014.
Donation Express will be open 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m., Sunday.
“We are thrilled to be opening our very first Donation Express,” said Sam Schmitz, president of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois. “The site will offer donors a quick and convenient way to contribute household items they no longer need and also play a key role in helping people with disabilities and disadvantages learn the valuable skills they need to find meaningful employment.”
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois diverted 11 million pounds of items from area landfills in 2014. These items were sold in Goodwill’s retail stores to fund the many programs the organization provides free of charge to community members in need, such as job training, job placement, GED preparation, income tax preparation and filling, and financial education. Goodwill helped 6,200 area people with barriers in 2014.
For more information about items accepted and not accepted at Goodwill, visit www.goodwillni.org or call (815) 965-3795.
Posted Dec. 18, 2014