With Goodwill recently closing its doors to customers and staff, Torontonians may be seeking an alternative way to give back to the community.
There are a number of options when looking to make a donation in the local area.
Drop offs can be made to the Salvation Army through drop bins located across the city and Value Village will accept gently used clothing at any of its eight locations. The Covenant House ensures your items will go to help homeless youth.
In a statement released by Goodwill Industries of Ontario, CEO Keiko Nakamura expresses his concern and frustration over the impact closures will have on more than 430 employees.
With Goodwill having spent more than 80 years serving communities in the Toronto area, employees are not the only ones shocked to hear the fate of the chain.
Leyla Goka, 25, who considers herself a Value Village girl, says the closures are “shocking and probably illegal.”
In this case, Goodwill employees were not given the 30 to 60 days notice they are legally entitled to.
The competitive playing field and weak Canadian dollar are just two of the factors that may be affecting the retail environment. However, other donation centres in the city have experienced a different reality to the apparent crisis.
Jeff Wexler is the founder and owner of Toronto’s 10 Kind Exchange locations that have opened since 2011. Items can be donated during store hours and most stores will buy or trade depending on the season. As the chain continues to expand, the buy-sell-trade model is becoming an alternative for many who work in the consignment, vintage and resale industries.