Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Shopping? Try Goodwill!

Have you decided on your Halloween costume yet? Need ideas? On a budget? Goodwill is ready for Halloween shoppers and urges San Diegans to head for the closest store right away!

“Goodwill has it down to a science; they are the most obvious go-to place for creative and inexpensive
costumes as well as the eco-friendly alternative to buying a brand new costume in a bag, although we have those too,” added Jacky Brown. “We have received never-opened, pre-fabricated costumes, hats, wigs and
masks and all sorts of accessories. If you buy or donate to Goodwill, you are reusing and recycling at the
same time and helping Goodwill create jobs in the community with every purchase”.

Goodwill has received hundreds of costumes, wigs, and decorative items as donations this year, and the quality of those items is higher than in the last few years. Goodwill display merchandisers are seeing the items move from the display to the cash register quicker than in the past.

“We are keeping up with the demand at this point, but if I were looking, I’d come in every morning to see what new items appear” stated Jacky Brown, Director of Retail Operations. Remember that each costume is a donation, and there are 17 stores for you to find that perfect winning outfit for 2012,  including the new Ramona store that opened on 10.4.12. 
“All you need is a little imagination to create a unique costume at Goodwill,” said Sharon Corrigan, Director of Communications. “Plus every item you donate and purchase creates jobs and paychecks for San Diegans and helps fund job training programs for people with disabilities, and other barriers that prevented successful employment.”

If you are looking for inspiration, look no further than Goodwill's Facebook page or check out the locally based Costume Idea Zone.

Halloween is the perfect time to promote imagination and creativity in children and teens. Goodwill is an affordable option for high school and college students and adults on a budget who want to get into the
spirit, but don’t want to invest in an item they may wear only once in a lifetime.

Goodwill Industries of San Diego County has been in operation continuously since 1930, and continues to provide training, employment services and jobs for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. GISD operates 16 retail stores, 2 book stores, multiple on-line stores, and an outlet/ aftermarket auction facility. In addition, they accept donations at 16 free standing centers, have 7 community employment centers that offer assistance to job seekers and business free of charge (over 2,000 individuals each year) , 5 document destruction drop off sites (secure document imaging and destruction business), and six free computer/electronic recycling centers. Over the past few years, GISD has created hundreds of new jobs bringing the number of employees to just over 1,000. Programs include Supported Employment (Individual and Group Placements), a two month paid training program, Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program, and a funded Youth program. GISD is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors and paid professional staff.

Sharon J Corrigan, Director of Communications
619-225-2200 ext. 122
Cell: 619-573-5262

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