ORLANDO, Fla. (April 3, 2020) – Due to limited hours and staffing, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is encouraging donors to hold donations until the stores return to normal operating hours. For those who would still like to donate items in the interim, the nonprofit has modified its donation drop-off protocol and is currently accepting items only at its Donation Xpress locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Large items and truck-load donations will only be accepted at the Taft-Vineland Warehouse.
Out of an abundance of caution for employees and shoppers, and in accordance with increased restrictions and guidance from the state, counties and Center for Disease Control, Goodwill’s 29 retail stores are temporarily closed. The nonprofit is asking that donors refrain from leaving donations unattended outside its retail stores.
“Donations are a foundational component of our mission to build lives that work,” said Kim Praniewicz, senior director of marketing and communications of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. “We are incredibly grateful to donors who are still thinking of us at this challenging time – especially because their donations will be needed more than ever as we continue our mission of creating jobs in our local community. That said, while we are still accepting donations at our Donation Xpress locations, we are encouraging donors to hold items until we return to normal operating hours. Most importantly, we ask that donors not leave items unattended outside our temporarily closed retail stores, as they may be damaged by the elements.”
For a list of Donation Xpress locations or more information about donations accepted by Goodwill, visit goodwillcfl.org/donate.