Just as I promised, here is my Friday blog dedicated to helping us find good things we can do for people who are in need. Interestingly enough, my sister and I passed a Goodwill store in a shopping center today while we were out wasting a little time. I love thrift stores, so I dragged her inside so I could see if there might be anything I could repurpose.
First, let me catch you up on a little history about this important organization. The mission of Goodwill Industries, according to its website, is that:
“Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.”
If you’re like me, you probably thought Goodwill was all about collecting used items and selling them to customers to make money for a foundation that would help low-income families. But that is not the central idea. The purpose of this charity is to educate, train, and empower people who need help getting a job.
Over 312,000 people were trained for careers last year, including people with disabilities, seniors, veterans, young people, those with criminal histories, and others with special needs.
The store we visited, in Jackson, Mississippi, was neat, organized, filled with items, and run by employees who were extremely helpful. A beautiful lady in a wheelchair was the greeter at the front door, who informed us of sales for the day and an upcoming customer appreciation day. The ladies who helped us with merchandise were accommodating, friendly, and knowledgeable.
To me, it looked like Goodwill Industries was doing exactly what its mission statement says it’s supposed to be doing. I purchased a gorgeous jacket and my sister bought every goldtone bangle bracelet they had. After all, they were only four for $1.
I really hope that blogging about this heroic institution will bring at least one more person through their doors who might not have known what a special place it is. I’m thinking that person will not be disappointed.