In response to Hurricane Irma and the overwhelming generosity of the American people, the American Red Cross and Goodwill in Florida have established a partnership that will better serve Floridians affected by the hurricane during recovery efforts.
Throughout Florida, the Red Cross is part of a large team of partners that have launched a massive relief response to provide safe shelter, food and comfort to people who have been affected by the storm.
In order to help streamline the anticipated donations of clothing, shoes and household goods, the Red Cross has partnered with Goodwill Industries to accept and manage donated goods. People who would like to donate items can visit any Goodwill store or donation center throughout Florida and designate their donation to Hurricane Irma. Donated items will be sold and the proceeds will support certificates to be redeemed at Goodwill stores. The certificates will be distributed by the Red Cross in support of shelter residents and disaster relief clients impacted by Irma, allowing them to select items they want and need.
“Goodwill is grateful for the generosity of our donors and shoppers. With their support, we can provide necessary items to those affected by the hurricane,” said Bill Oakley, Florida Goodwill Association President. “This partnership shows the strength and magnitude of what collaboration can do.”
Find Goodwill locations: www.goodwill.org/donate-and-shop/donate-stuff
Monetary donations to Red Cross Irma relief efforts: www.redcross.org
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
About the Florida Goodwill Association:
The Florida Goodwill Association is comprised of nine autonomous Goodwill Organizations, each serving the people of a multi-county region. These organizations share a common mission: To help Floridians overcome barriers to employment and become self-sufficient. Through Goodwill’s services, more than 223,000 people were served in 2016 with a total economic impact of over $1.6 billion across the state. We provide employment, job training, and other community-based programs. At Goodwill, we believe that work creates the economic energy that builds strong families and vibrant communities. Work builds self-confidence, relationships, and independence. Everyone deserves a chance to have those things in life. Goodwill provides that chance. There are 225 Goodwill retail stores across the state of Florida with more than 10,000 employees.