The most wonderful time of the year
“This year we wanted to personally say thank you to our extraordinarily loyal and generous donation community and so the Goodwill Donate-a-thon was born.” — Leslie Bilbro, Donations Director, Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin.
By Deborah Bouck
Legend has it that most Goodwill donors wait until the last week of the year to bring their goods to our donation drop-off locations.
Legend has it wrong.
The truth is that—although Dec. 31 represents a culmination of generous, yearlong community support—many of our donors visit us three or even four times a year. Better yet, Goodwill donors who include us in their holiday giving traditions get the added bonus of receiving year-end tax deductions.
With that gratitude in our hearts, we’re taking a different approach this year to saying thanks. Many of us at Goodwill asked how we could turn a donation experience into an event that celebrates the very act of giving to Goodwill.
How do we thank people we’ve never met, but who share our devotion to re-valuing items that deserve a second life and helping people who need a second chance?
Why not start with a party?
So, whether you’re a longtime or first-time Goodwill donor, our Donate-a-thon event on Dec. 31 is a tribute to you.
We’ll be transforming our 1500 Mission Street donation drop into a donation sensation with live music, donor tributes, snacks and treats for the kids. Thanks to our partners at KOIT-FM and KFOX-FM, the first 400 Goodwill donors at our Mission Street location will win San Francisco Zoo or Century Theater movie tickets when our gates open at 7 a.m., Dec. 31.*
The biggest gift? Your much needed donations will fund Goodwill’s job training and work placement programs, which provide so many local people second chances and a dignified path out of poverty.
Goodwill has helped more than 2,000 people get jobs in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties during the current economic downturn. Your gently used clothes, toys, electronic items and household goods are the lifeblood of our nonprofit social enterprise.
To kick off this season of giving, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown donated more than 90 custom-tailored items from his personal collection.
In the meantime, please visit us at our Donate-a-thon event this Dec. 31 and—as you once again help fill our trucks—give us the chance to personally thank you for supporting second chances.
*Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis only at 1500 Mission Street beginning at 7 a.m. To find all donation location hours, please check out sfgoodwill.org.