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Keep Your Halloween Budget in Check with Affordable Costumes from Goodwill®

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ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When it comes to finding your ideal Halloween costume, Goodwill® stores offer unlimited possibilities for the budget conscious. With the economy still in recovery mode, why pay full price for a costume when you can find the materials to create your own for a fraction of the price?

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While Halloween stores offer costumes, many are mass-produced with marked up prices. Goodwill offers affordable options for anyone to create one-of-a-kind outfits without breaking the bank. With items in every shape, size, and color — and from various eras — you can rest assured you will not to run into anyone wearing the exact same costume.

With a little creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, anyone can find an ideal costume for less at Goodwill. The more than 2,700 Goodwill stores across the United States and Canada are full of everything you need this Halloween.

"Goodwill is a one-stop shop for costumes for the entire family. Not only is the whole process of shopping and creating costumes fun, it helps our community members," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Revenues from your Halloween costume purchase fund Goodwill's job training and career services for people with disabilities and those who face challenges to finding employment."

Shopping at Goodwill is ecofriendly and helps our community. In 2011 alone, Goodwill store revenues helped deliver employment and training programs to 4.2 million people, assisted 189,000 earn jobs and provide personal and family support services to 10 million people. Goodwill helps people work in Goodwill stores and in growing industries outside of Goodwill, such as green construction and health care.

People are looking for value when they shop for Halloween, and they are concerned about high unemployment rates in their communities. Goodwill helps solve both of these concerns by providing affordable Halloween costume options, which in turn help Goodwill fulfill its mission of helping people in need reach their full potential through education and the power of work.

To find your local Goodwill, visit http://locator.goodwill.org/.

ABOUT GOODWILL INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with 14 affiliates in 13 other countries. Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,700 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com. Local Goodwill agencies 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 service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2011, more than 4 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services. To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at www.goodwill.org, or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl or find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

SOURCE Goodwill Industries International



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