Monday, August 17, 2009

Five Million Pounds of Clothes for Kids

Goodwill™ and Family Circle Team Up for Back-To-School Clothing Drive

To ensure that every child goes back to school in style this year, Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois and Family Circle have teamed and launched a national five million pound clothing drive that runs now through Wednesday, September 30, 2009. The partnership is featured in the September issue of Family Circle, the magazine’s first ever issue dedicated to Back-To-School, as well as at www.shopfamilycircle.com, the magazine’s new e-commerce destination.

Family Circle and Goodwill® encourage all families to donate gently-used clothes so that other children might have a “new to them” outfit on the first day of school. Donated items will be sold at the Central Illinois agency’s nine stores and elsewhere nationally at more than 2,300 Goodwill® retail stores. To track the donations, the September issue of Family Circle has a coupon to attach to all donation bags. The coupon can also be downloaded at www.shopfamilycircle.com/goodwill. Tips for Back-to-School Clothing Drives are available at the site.

“Donating to Goodwill® is a great way to teach your children gratitude, responsibility and the importance of helping others. Every donation we receive ultimately produces revenue that is used to provide free job training and other career services for people who need new skills so they can get a job and help their family be self-sufficient,” said Patty Fuchs, President and CEO.

According to Carey Witmer, Publisher of Family Circle, “Partnering with Goodwill® – both in the magazine and on our new e-commerce destination – is a great way to give our readers the tools to help families in need. The Family Circle community is always looking for ways to give back and get involved.”

Goodwill Industries of Central is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Store and Donation Center locations and hours are available at www.goodwillpeo.org or by calling 309-682-1113.

Published 15 times a year by Meredith Corporation, with a circulation of 3.8 million and 21 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in the world. Family Circle provides smart relevant advice, sensible solutions, and inspiration in a voice that encourages and celebrates success in its pages and online at www.familycircle.com. Family Circle has always been committed to women’s issues and in 1973 became the first women’s magazine to fully underwrite a professional women’s sporting event, the Family Circle Cup, an annual women’s tennis tournament held in April in Charleston, S.C., at Family Circle Magazine Stadium.

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