This Cyber Monday, Goodwill® and its partner brands are joining forces to provide online consumers with a new and convenient way to donate to Goodwill and create jobs in local communities acrossthe United States. A new tool, Give Back Box, makes it possible to donate to Goodwill from the convenience of your own home. Consumers who shop online with Goodwill's brand partners: ASICS, Ann Taylor, Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Younkers, Dockers, Levi's, LOFT, Overstock.com, and Style Up Girl, can now reuse their shipping boxes, attach a pre-paid shipping label downloaded at www.goodwill.org/givebackbox and send clothing and household items they no longer need directly to Goodwill. This easy solution enables Goodwill to help people find work and strengthen their families, while promoting a healthier environment by keeping cardboard boxes used to ship online orders out of community landfills.
More than 10 million boxes are shipped daily from retailers to consumers. That rate is growing at approximately 17 percent per year according to UPS annual reports. During the holiday season, the number of boxes surges. Last year, FedEx delivered about 290 million shipments between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, and UPS delivered 585 million packages in December alone.
"These socially conscious brands are forging a path to helping the planet by reducing waste while supporting Goodwill's mission," saidJim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Thanks to our anchor brands, we expect additional corporate social retail leaders to recognize the opportunity to do good and demonstrate model citizenship. Give Back Box has made this unique opportunity possible by developing a platform that makes donating to Goodwill easy and efficient."
"I developed the Give Back Box as a tool for people to help their communities by giving back through retail partnerships and Goodwill," said Monika Wiela, founder of Give Back Box. "When consumers donate to Goodwill via Give Back Box, they are creating social change and inspiring people to become job creators."
For 113 years, Goodwill has been an environmental leader, turning the power of donated goods into job opportunities for people in need of work. Last year, Goodwill diverted more than 3 billion pounds of donated goods from landfills. To calculate the impact of donations, anyone can visit the Donation Impact Calculator at www.goodwill.org. To learn more about the Give Back Box, visitwww.goodwill.org/givebackbox