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Not every donation box is the same, learn which boxes help our community

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For many people this time of year means out with the old and in with the new.

If you plan on donating your old stuff, keep in mind that not every donation center or bin helps our community.

From shirts to shoes, pants to playtoys, the new Goodwill Store in Lemoyne has a little something for everyone.

We like to create a really convenient shopping experience for people in the community.

Almost everything you see on the shelves is donated by people in the community for the community. The proceeds, staying local, paying for job placement and training opportunities.

We provide a wide variety of programs for working adults and children.

About 85 percent of Goodwill's programs are paid for by the money made in the stores, making donations paramount to its business and services model.

Since opening in 2009, Community Aid has given away over $8 million to 500 plus local charities. The stuff you stuff in their bins is sold in their stores with 98 percent of the money staying local, but that's not always the case.

You have to be careful when you are looking at that box which may be very convenient

Goodwill Vice President John McHenry recommends staying away from unmarked bins altogether most times, something marked as a recycler is a for-profit venture. Finally, dig a little deeper to make sure your Goodwill is good for the local community.

The same research that you do for your monetary donations, you should do for your stuff donations.

If you can't physically get to a box this season, Amazon and other retailers are teaming up with Goodwill to allow you to send your donations to Goodwill in your Amazon box, with a prepaid shipping label.

The Give Back Box will route your box full of donations to the nearest Goodwill store that is participating in the program.

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