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Goodwill donation truck set up for Gateway shopping center

Posted: December 6, 2011 - 5:08pm  |  Updated: December 6, 2011 - 5:12pm
Goodwill President and CEO Jim Stiff (left) talks Tuesday to store owners and representatives from Grovetown and Columbia County about the new Goodwill drop location at the Gateway Walmart in Grovetown.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Goodwill President and CEO Jim Stiff (left) talks Tuesday to store owners and representatives from Grovetown and Columbia County about the new Goodwill drop location at the Gateway Walmart in Grovetown.

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Goodwill Industries held a press conference Tuesday to announce the establishment of a donation truck in Grovetown starting this week.

The donation truck and attendant will be available from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays at the Gateway shopping center near Furnish 123 starting Thursday.

Donations of clothes, books and household goods will be accepted.

If donations to the truck meet expectations, Goodwill might consider building a store in the Grovetown area, spokeswoman Susan Everitt said Tuesday prior to the press conference.

A non-profit organization, Goodwill provides job training and placement services for those with disabilities or other barriers to employment.

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bdouglas

Sure seems like a waste of

Sure seems like a waste of funding to pay someone to sit with a truck for 9 hours. I see the one at Augusta Exchange all the time in front of the Christmas Tree Shops store. The guy is sitting in it chatting it up on his cell phone or texting every time I drive by without a donor to be found. Is it that hard to drive a few miles in either direction to take stuff to one of the stores?

sugarbutton

Goodwill truck

I think it's a good thing. I imagine (haven't researched this) that they have a good number of volunteers and social security benefactors who work there. If it's akin to Salvation Army they really do take in alot of items and alot of people utilize it who can't afford to shop elsewhere. There really are some interesting things at these places. Seems a shame to be a critic of agencies who try to help people. We're talking about clothes and household items that are surely needed if they are being bought. Nothing wrong with giving especially when there is a need out there.

bdouglas

I wasn't being a critic of

I wasn't being a critic of the agency or the cause, was I? Just putting a staffed truck somewhere for that amount of time. As I said, I rarely see anyone giving at the one in Augusta Exchange, and ALWAYS see the guy sitting in it chatting away and texting on his phone. Just seems like a resource that could be better used staffing the store or something. I applaud what Goodwill does for people, but sitting in a truck talking on your phone 9 hours, 4 days a week is not providing the person with a marketable job skill. Why not just do pickups instead? Seems more productive to only go out when needed than to sit there 4 straight days a week not doing anything a majority of the time. People probably have to practically drive by a Goodwill in order to go to where the truck is to donate anyway. Nothing wrong with Goodwill, but there are always ways to improve on how things are done.

Barry Paschal

Trucks are the improvement

I believe these trucks ARE the improvement over the way things were always done. If you remember, Goodwill used to have unstaffed drop boxes all over town. Unfortunately, people who didn't steal items from them dumped garbage in them - including "donations" of items that Goodwill had to pay to be hauled to the dump. Staffing these trucks prevents them from being forced to haul off junk, it prevents theft, and it allows the donor to receive a receipt. In short, if people were honest, these trucks would be unneccessary.

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