Using GoodWill To Make The Holidays Affordable And Bright

I am excited to be partnering with Goodwill®  to help show ways to make the Holidays brighter, save money, and  support my community. Goodwill reimbursed my costs for shopping and craft supplies

Like many teens, I’m on a super strict budget, but I have  a list of people that I want to give gifts to for the Holidays.  I have a very good friend who lives all the way across the country but we are connected through our love of One Direction- specifically Harry Styles. I wanted to give her something stylish and personal, so I decided to make it, and I headed to Goodwill to get what I needed. I needed a perfect jacket!

I’ve been buying clothing from thrift stores and remaking them into cool clothing for myself for a while, so I knew what to look for. I snagged the PERFECT Denim jacket and headed home to making it awesome with some fabric paints, stencils and my creativity!

I got a great jacket for only $12.00- a fraction of the cost at a store!   Using stencils made it so much easier!

I love the way the jacket turned out, and I know that she will, too!

Ally Del Monte

I also love that while I saved money buying what I need for gifts at Goodwill, I’m also supporting their mission to give back to the community. That’s why I love shopping at my local Goodwill store this time of year – because I know I can find a good bargain, and also support a great cause. Did you know that 87 cents on the dollar of every purchase from a Goodwill goes towards local job training opportunities? It’s easy to find your local store- just go to the Goodwill Website.  You never know what treasures you will find there, but you can be confident you’ll be helping your local community! 

Here are some things to know about Goodwill:

  • Goodwill provides job preparation, skills training, education assistance and support services to millions of people each year who are facing challenges to finding employment.
  •  Every 23 seconds, someone gets a job through the help of Goodwill.
  •  Goodwill is an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice. Through its entrepreneurial business model of collecting and selling donated goods, Goodwill helps communities extend the life of usable items in environmentally sound ways.
  • ·Goodwill functions as a social enterprise by creating 25 jobs per brick-and-mortar store, generating essential revenue for mission services, and providing a direct solution for donors and communities to the issue of sustainability regarding unwanted goods.

I know that she’s going to love the jacket and she’s going to love that I made it just for her.  I love that I’m able to give her something that is perfect for her-  while helping Goodwill help others in my community.

Do YOU have someone special that you want to make something personal for this holiday season?  Tell me about it in the comments!


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