Sep 30, 2016
Rochester, N.Y. (October 1, 2016) – Look no further than your nearest Goodwill store to find the perfect Halloween costume guaranteed to impress your friends, family, and even the most discerning werewolf. Buying your costume at Goodwill will save you money and will help fund services and programs that empower people throughout the Greater Rochester area and Central New York to gain the skills and experience needed to get a job and change their lives.
All of this is thanks to the people who donate clothing and other items every day at Goodwill locations. These items can be transformed into Halloween costumes, including clothing and accessories from different eras, imaginative props, and more. Goodwill stores even have Halloween makeup, wigs, masks, hats, wings, feather boas, shoes, and other items to take your look to the next level of Halloween awesomeness all while staying on budget.
“Each year, Goodwill employees greet thousands of shoppers looking to find the creepiest, cutest, scariest, silliest, or Halloweeniest costume, accessories, and décor for a fraction of the cost of pop-up Halloween costume shops,” says Mary Boland, Goodwill’s VP of Communication and Community Affairs. “Yet, what is really important is how buying those costumes, or the spooky Halloween décor and accessories, provides revenue to support the programs and services that are at the heart of Goodwill’s mission.”
The Goodwill mission includes providing the 2-1-1/LIFE LINE crisis, information and referral contact center. Trained telecounselors answers calls any time every day to help people who are contemplating suicide, or who need assistance meeting basics needs, like knowing where the closest food bank is to their home so they will not go hungry.
Additionally, the revenues from the sale of donated goods at Goodwill fund job training and placement programs, as well as the supporting the services provided by the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI).
“Goodwill helped more than 148,500 people last year through our mission services,” said Boland. “Shoppers can create a unique Halloween look for less and take pride in the positive impact their Goodwill purchase will have. It will help change lives.”