Goodwill & Red Cross to Activate Donation Partnership to Aid Flood Victims
NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 15, 2013 — As a continuing part of Red Cross community recovery efforts after last week’s flood, the Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee’s Goodwill Cares program will activate their disaster partnership that was officially announced to the public in April.
A Goodwill donation trailer will be placed at the Parkwood Villa Apartments beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday to collect donations of items (i.e. clothing, furniture, housewares, etc.) from the public. In exchange for the donations, Red Cross will be provided Goodwill Cares gift cards that case management will use to meet the needs of those affected by the recent flood, who still desperately need help. These Goodwill Cares gift cards can be used at any Goodwill store.
The Goodwill donation trailer will arrive on-site around 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning and will remain on-site as long as donations continue to be dropped off in significant quantities. A Goodwill donation attendant will be at the trailer to help collect the donations and to provide donation receipts.
The Red Cross helps those who have been affected by disasters and while the organization provides relief assistance including emergency food and shelter, they are not able to accept donations of clothing or household goods, due to limited resources available internally to sort, store and distribute donated items. The partnership with the Goodwill Cares program allows the Red Cross to redirect these donations to Goodwill and to help those who are still recovering from the flood.
Disasters create a wide range of emergency needs, more than any one organization can meet. It takes a large network of people and systems to ensure that communities and individuals get all the help they need during and after a disaster. While one organization can’t meet every need, a partnership like this one helps the Red Cross and Goodwill to better serve those who are going through a difficult time.
When: Thursday, August 15th - Beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Parkwood Villa Apartments, 3258 Brick Church Pike, Nashville, TN
What: Goodwill will deliver a trailer to collect donations from the public to help benefit recent flood victims
About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2012, Goodwill served 16,159 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 3,154 clients in jobs. Goodwill also assists the community through its Goodwill Cares program. In 2012, the program provided more than 1,000 Goodwill Cares gift cards to people who had experienced a recent hardship. Goodwill Cares also gave more than 1,200 pieces of medical equipment to people who could not afford to buy it. For more information about Goodwill Cares, Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers, please visit giveit2goodwill.org or call 1-800-545-9231.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.