The other side of thrifting: Donating

Hey guys, full disclosure…it’s about to get serious up in here.

I just received an email from Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. addressing a Facebook post that I have seen floating around.


Probably the Grinch himself posted this on Facebook…or Ebeneezer Scrooge…or Krankus…but either way: FALSE.

As a thrifter and a nearly constant consumer (and donor) to Goodwill, I can honestly say that donating to Goodwill and shopping there is a humanitarian, ecological and economic service that benefits all.

Not only does Goodwill provide jobs and training to those who are often deemed unemployable by other companies (mentally disabled, disabled, disadvantaged, etc. people) it also provides an astounding benefit to consumers looking to lessen their carbon footprint and to Americans struggling to get by on minimum wage or other fixed budgets or low incomes.

With interest prices rising this season, violence around the world reaching a peak, and materialism clouding our judgement. Let’s put the focus going onto what really matters in this world. Let’s take a look at what motivates us and remember that donating our time, money, love and YES even extra clothes and household goods is in the true spirit of the Season. I hope that your heart will remain steadfast and unabashedly poured out for this world even when it lets you down.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,



Original Email from Goodwill: 

“Around this time of year, people tend to share an email that has very outdated information. The email says to “think before you donate” and we agree – we also want you to “think before you repost.” If you are giving to a nonprofit or charity this holiday season, do some research of your own!  There are so many rumors out there, and we want to clear them up for you.

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. is LOCAL – we are YOUR Goodwill. We currently serve the counties of Cecil, Harford, Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel and the Eastern Shore. Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit – we have a local president & CEO – Lisa Rusyniak, a local board of directors, and we are not owned by any individual or company. In essence, we belong to YOU. We are proud to be your Goodwill and we encourage you to give back this season.”

A note from

“Goodwill: Goodwill Industries International is not a business that takes in donated items and resells them for a profit. It is a not-for-profit organization that provides job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges. Goodwill raises money for their programs through a chain of thrift stores which also operate as non-profits.

The CEO of Goodwill Industries International is not Mark Curran, nor does he make $2.3 million a year. The current President and CEO of Goodwill is Jim Gibbons, who in 2011 received a total reported compensation of $725,000.”


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