WGH, Goodwill partnering for donated clothing

A local partnership is helping those in need.

Warren General Hospital will accept donations for Goodwill from Monday, Nov. 25 through Saturday, Dec. 7. WGH staff and residents are encouraged to drop off any gently used clothing and shoes at the outpatient registration lobby, the inpatient entrance (Entrance B), Rehab Works and the Cancer Care Center.

Anyone who participates in the clothing drive can enter to win a 19-inch flat screen TV.

“Warren General Hospital is very excited to partner with Goodwill for such a meaningful cause,” Holli Summerville, director of patient and public relations at WGH, said. “WGH hopes to receive many donations as an additional way to give back to the wonderful community we serve.”

Goodwill Chief Executive Officer Ray Donati said the organization that works in 13 counties and employs over 500 people across the Commonwealth is totally self-sufficient and receives no state or federal funding.

“Our mission is to put people to work,” Donati said. “We utilize the donations the public gives us to put more and more people to work.”

The drive is focusing on shoes and clothes but “we accept just about anything as long as its usable,” he said.

The winter months are a slow time for Goodwill, as people typically won’t think about spring cleaning for a number of months. Donati encouraged residents to donate items whenever they purchase something new.

“Take that old thing and bring it to Goodwill,” he said. “We need them desperately during this time of the year.”

Goodwill relocated from the Warren Mall in August and since then the store in North Warren has had a very good response, Donati said.

“It’s been a great move,” he said. “We appreciate very much everything they give to us, it comes back to the community,” he said.

Donati estimated there are 15 employees at the store in Warren and that 92 cents of every dollar generated goes back into the community.