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Goodwill Donating a Portion of Sales to Hurricane Relief

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Partnership with Catholic Charities provides resources to survivors

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 4:49 PM

Lafayette, LA, Sept. 8, 2020—Goodwill Acadiana will donate 10 percent of all purchases made at their retail stores from Mon., Sept. 7 through Sat., Sept. 12. to Hurricane Laura survivors. Goodwill is partnering with Catholic Charities of Acadiana’s Disaster Response Team in order to distribute the funds where needed.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the disaster funds can visit any of Goodwill Acadiana’s twelve retail or specialty stores throughout the six day period. A portion of every transaction including totals from customers who choose to use the RoundUp option at the register will be dedicated to Catholic Charities Disaster Response team for allocation in the most devastated areas. Patrons may also contribute to the disaster relief fund via a monetary donation at any Goodwill retail store.
One of Goodwill’s mission services involves assisting those in crisis situations. For the past few major storms in both Louisiana and Texas, Goodwill has assessed the needs of those affected and found creative ways to offer essential provisions where they were necessary.
Due to restrictions on public gatherings this year, Lafayette and many places in Louisiana do not have the traditional, centralized evacuation centers like in the past. Most evacuees are residing in hotel rooms across the state. Goodwill still desired to help, but had to come up with a solution on the best way to use their resources.
“We knew from the beginning we were going to help the affected areas, but we were concerned with how to effectively provide necessary support given the current circumstances with storm shelters,” said President and CEO Deacon Ed Boustany. “We want to continue to build good relationships with other local nonprofits and knew that Catholic Charities would already have a good assessment of what resources were needed in the impacted areas. Our partnership allows for the pooling of our resources and creating a streamlined process to provide essentials to those most affected.”
In addition to financial support for relief efforts, a heavily requested item needed by those in the storm’s path is new tarps. Locally, it is difficult to find tarps due to the overwhelming demand. Goodwill Acadiana put out an all-call to the entire Goodwill Industries International network requesting tarp donations from any Goodwill organization that had the ability to donate. If they are able to be located in the Acadiana area, brand-new tarps can be dropped off at any Goodwill Acadiana location including retail stores, donation centers, the Job Connection Center on Kaliste Saloom, and the corporate office. The tarps will be collected by Goodwill’s team and transported to the appropriate locations.
For more information on Goodwill Acadiana, their disaster relief efforts, or their services, please visit www.GoodwillAcadiana.org or visit their social media channels.

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