Goodwill in desperate need of donations

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

SHERMAN, TX - When people hear Goodwill they often think of the thrift store where they drop off old clothes, but Goodwill says it's much more than that, and those donations keep the entire organization going.

"If we don't get donations, we can't put anything out and sell anything, jobs start going away, I mean there are guys who have been here for 30 years and they can't get any other jobs." said employee, John Rawson.

John Rawson has been working for Goodwill for almost 3 years.
He says the problems he faced at other jobs, he's been able to over come by working in an encouraging environment.

"I'm really big and standing on my feet all day was a challenge for me, and they were very helpful with that. They really helped me get into the mentality of what a good worker should be doing." Rawson said.

"The whole mission of Good Will is to assist individuals with disabilities and disadvantages live more productive lives through training and employment." said Director of Workforce Development, Katrina Coffman.

Goodwill of Northeast Texas employs more than 250 people with disabilities, and helps even more find jobs within the community.
But they wouldn't be able to do any of this, without donations.

"We do need donations desperately to keep everything running smoothly, to keep all 250 individuals with disabilities working." said Coffman.

Goodwill's Katrina Coffman, says donations keep the organization going.
She talks about the man that opened the first Good Will in 1905, and how it's always been about helping people in the community.

"People would donate things and these individuals would come in and repair the items that were broken, resale them, and so what he realized was people didn't want a hand out they wanted a hand up, and so he came up with the term good will." said Coffman.

Goodwill says they take all kinds of donations, not just clothing items and they'll even come to your house to pick things up.
For more information call 903-893-3145.


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