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Officials with Goodwill say their stores have been flooded with donations like clothes and household items as people who’ve been homebound for months because of the pandemic, do some spring cleaning. Kim Praniewicz, vice president of Marketing and Mission Advancement at Goodwill says they look for new or gently used items to sell in their stores, then use that revenue for job creation and training, but new or gently used isn’t always what comes through the donation doors. Things like broken furniture, faulty appliances and disfigured toys can’t be accepted. “Large furniture items that are broken, the repairs can’t be made here so we want to make sure again, that we’re selling good quality items,” Praniewicz said.They can take lawn equipment but not with gas or oil in it.They can also take small appliances, but not large ones that can’t be tested at Goodwill Centers.Used mattresses are also not accepted. Those items and other trash they collect goes into specific bins, then to a different location.“If it’s not a usable item, then it does unfortunately go to the landfill. However, if it’s an item that there is an aftermarket for, we’ll certainly present it to the aftermarket for sale,” Praniewicz said.That process adds an extra step for staff. Goodwill officials did want to clarify they are always in need of more donations, especially now as many Central Floridians are still dealing with unemployment.

Officials with Goodwill say their stores have been flooded with donations like clothes and household items as people who’ve been homebound for months because of the pandemic, do some spring cleaning.

Kim Praniewicz, vice president of Marketing and Mission Advancement at Goodwill says they look for new or gently used items to sell in their stores, then use that revenue for job creation and training, but new or gently used isn’t always what comes through the donation doors.

Things like broken furniture, faulty appliances and disfigured toys can’t be accepted.

“Large furniture items that are broken, the repairs can’t be made here so we want to make sure again, that we’re selling good quality items,” Praniewicz said.

They can take lawn equipment but not with gas or oil in it.

They can also take small appliances, but not large ones that can’t be tested at Goodwill Centers.

Used mattresses are also not accepted.

Those items and other trash they collect goes into specific bins, then to a different location.

“If it’s not a usable item, then it does unfortunately go to the landfill. However, if it’s an item that there is an aftermarket for, we’ll certainly present it to the aftermarket for sale,” Praniewicz said.

That process adds an extra step for staff.

Goodwill officials did want to clarify they are always in need of more donations, especially now as many Central Floridians are still dealing with unemployment.

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