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8/7/13 — The Three Rs for Back to School: Reduce, Reuse, Revisit

School KidsWith families preparing for the back-to-school season and the frenzied shopping sessions that come along with it, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan is asking parents and students to shop responsibly. Goodwill asks consumers to think about how donations and shopping for used goods can make a difference to communities and the planet. At Goodwill, donated goods and their resale are transformed into job training and community programs that help thousands of people annually in Northern Michigan. With that in mind, Goodwill asks families to consider the Three Rs of the back-to-school season.

1. Reduce: Instead of approaching the back-to-school season with a last-minute dash to replace outgrown items, kids and parents can use it as an opportunity to be conscious of our environment and community. It is a great time for students to learn the positive impact of cleaning out their closets, donating items that are outgrown will have on lives in Northern Michigan. When you donate to Goodwill you are giving items a ‘second life’ and Goodwill will use them to make another child look like a million bucks for back to school, while creating jobs. Donors also receive a 10% off Goodwill coupon for their generosity. Get the kids involved by playing the Donation Match Game to find out what items can be donated and what items are recycled.

2. Reuse: Young people can make an impact during the back-to-school season in two ways. First, they can make room in their closets, bedrooms and backpacks by donating gently used clothing and household items to Goodwill. Second, they can purchase donated items for school so that the value of what they buy will go directly into helping their communities. Young shoppers can find everything from clothes, school supplies, books, electronics and sports equipment at your Acme, Alpena, Cadillac, Gaylord, Petoskey or Traverse City Goodwill stores. Don’t wait for sales– check out the weekly 50% off color tag and Sunday only .99 adult and .49 children’s color tag sales.

3. Revisit: With families now spending more than ever before on back-to-school shopping, it can certainly help to put off some purchases until later in the year. By returning to Goodwill throughout the school year, parents can make sure they’re only buying items they really need. Thousands of new items arrive daily at Goodwill, the inventory is never the same twice, so shopping often for must have back-to-school items is highly recommended.

“The back-to-school season can be a stressful time for families,” said Cecil McNally, Executive Director, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan “By approaching it as a fun opportunity to learn how the power of donating can strengthen our community, children and parents alike can get everything they need for school while knowing they’re doing good by helping others.”


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