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Cafaro Foundation Rewards Work of Goodwill Industries

NILES, Ohio — Every year, from November through December, acts of kindness and charitable works are an intrinsic part of the holiday season. This past year, an organization that works year round to help people partnered with Eastwood Mall to help even more citizens.

Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries established a location in the mall where people were encouraged to drop off gently worn clothing. Those who donated were thanked with gift cards for use at stores and restaurants throughout the mall complex. The result: Goodwill collected 5,981 pounds of clothing to be refurbished and sold in Goodwill’s thrift stores, according to the Cafaro Co., operator of the mall.

In recognition of the work Goodwill does, the Cafaro Foundation today presented a donation of $2,500 to Goodwill executives. The foundation gift, in addition to the revenue from sales of the donated clothing, will help the organization in its mission to provide vocational training to the unemployed and those with disabilities.

Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, established in 1893 as the Christ Mission Settlement, provides services to individuals with disabilities residing in the five-county region. Governed by a 24-member volunteer board, the agency is an autonomous member of a network of more than 200 chapters.

Pictured at top: Receiving the check from the Cafaro Foundation are Goodwill Industries executives Samantha Turner, Anissa Knapik and Emily McHenry.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.