When I first started shopping at Goodwill, I was only interested in looking cute for cheap, but since I've gotten to know some of Goodwill's employees (through the you tube clip and fashion show) they've taught me that Goodwill really is "more than the store."
A few months ago, I found this cute purple polka dot cardigan at Goodwill. It's one of my new favorite pieces in my wardrobe. Every time I wear it, I can't help but smile because I look cute and because I know the power of a purple polka dot sweater.
When I purchased my purple polka dot sweater, I paid $3.75 to Goodwill. Although it's not much, that money helps Goodwill accomplish all the good that Goodwill does.
One of the major missions of Goodwill is to "improve the quality of life for people with barriers to self-sufficiency through the power of work."
Every time I walk into a Goodwill, I can see all the good around me through the workers in the store. Many times, Goodwill hires people that other companies won't hire. Goodwill uses the power of work to give many people a second chance.
Look at Jason's story to see how Goodwill gave him a second chance.
Goodwill also offers job training, computer skills classes, a scholarship fund, and affordable medical equipment.
But the purple polka dot sweater is not done doing good! When I'm out of my polka dot phase, I will be donating the polka sweater back to Goodwill. Just like all these bags I donated after a major closet purge this week.
Goodwill can take all those clothes, and use them to do more good right here in my local community.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Jude 22, "And of some have compassion, making a difference." This verse has been a life motto for me since I was a teenager.
When I shop at Goodwill, I am thrilled to know that even the clothes on my back can make a difference.