Goodwill breaks record for end-of-year donations

A record 20,000 people showed up to donate on the last day of 2015

Goodwill and other local thrift shops are overflowing with donations they received at the end of last year. (KOIN)
Goodwill and other local thrift shops are overflowing with donations they received at the end of last year. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Goodwill and other local thrift shops are overflowing with donations they received at the end of last year.

Goodwill spokeswoman Dale Emanuel showed KOIN 6 News some of the more valuable donations they got right before the start of 2016.

“I was told a lot of men were looking at this jacket when I pulled it,” Emanuel said. “It’s a very hipster jacket, it’s a Jordan.”

Goodwill spokeswoman Dale Emanuel said they received over 218 million pounds in donations last year. (KOIN)
Goodwill spokeswoman Dale Emanuel said they received over 218 million pounds in donations last year. (KOIN)

The jacket, going for $40 at Goodwill, has a retail value of $260.

It’s one of hundreds of items Goodwill calls “best buys” that you can find in their stores, thanks to a record-setting end to 2015.

“Our donors outdid themselves again,” Emanuel said. “They [broke] their own worldwide record.”

Last year, Emanuel said Goodwill received over 218 million pounds in donations. And on the last day of 2015, a record 20,000 people showed up to donate at more than 100 sites.

Goodwill is still sorting through all of the donations, and because of that you will likely find things like unopened video games, expensive shoes, watches and more throughout February, at least.

And the profits made help put people to work.

“People may not be very competitive in the workplace and we help them get jobs in the community at restaurants, hotels, schools,” Emanuel explained. “[We] help people with physical and developmental disabilities in job training programs.”

Last year alone, Goodwill helped connect more than 10,000 people to a paycheck.

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