ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From September 14 – October 1, 2016, customers at The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers stores, donated two million pounds of clothing, textiles and household goods during the Goodwill Sale. Donations are sold in Goodwill stores and the revenues fund job placement and training programs that help people find employment and build their careers. The Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale takes place twice a year and is in its 22nd year.
This fall, Goodwill and Bon-Ton encouraged customers to clean out their closets and bring their donations for Goodwill to Bon-Ton stores in exchange for discount coupons for up to 25 percent off new fall fashions. This season's donations will generate approximately 8.5 million dollars in revenue and help Goodwill provide 289,000 hours of Goodwill job training and support services where Bon-Ton and Goodwill operate.
"Donations to Goodwill are vital to helping Goodwill provide the job placement and training services people need to find employment," said Kim Zimmer, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of global development for Goodwill Industries International. "We are grateful for Bon-Ton's commitment to helping people find employment and serve the communities where they operate."
The Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale represents the longest-running department store collaboration between both organizations and has become a community favorite. Customers eagerly await the event, which takes place each spring and fall, to donate their items to Goodwill and save on new merchandise at Bon-Ton. Using the revenue from the sale of those donations, Goodwill provides services such as computer classes, resume reviews, interviewing skills and specialized training in fields such as automotive services, construction, health care and retail as well as in other high-demand industries.
"Bon-Ton is committed to helping people in our communities and we're proud the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale achieves that goal," said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. "Thank you to the many caring customers and associates who donate during our Goodwill Sale."
To learn more about the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale, visit www.millionactsofgoodwill.com.
About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 164 community-based organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. Goodwill is the #1 brand doing the most good in the world (Brand World Value Index, 2016) and is one of America's top 20 most inspiring companies (Forbes, 2014). Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund employment placement services, job training programs and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, Goodwill placed 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. Nearly two million people worked to build their career and financial assets by engaging with Goodwill team members. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.
For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at Goodwill.org or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.
About Bon-Ton Stores
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and five clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.
For store locations and information visit www.bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.
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SOURCE Goodwill Industries International