ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Fall Goodwill Sale, a partnership with The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) and Goodwill Industries International, collected more than 3 million pounds of clothing and textile donations to benefit Goodwill's job training programs and community-based services. The donations have an estimated value of approximately $12.5 million in revenue, which will be used to fund programs to help people find jobs and build their careers in the communities where they were collected.
The Fall Goodwill Sale, which took place at 273 Bon-Ton Stores locations from September 19 through October 5, rewarded shoppers who brought donations for Goodwill. In exchange for their donations, customers received discount coupons for the latest fall fashions and accessories at their local Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's or Younkers stores. Donations will be sold in Goodwill stores, and revenues earned from their sale will fund programs enabling people to earn employment in a variety of fields, including construction, financial services, health care, manufacturing, retail and many others.
"Goodwill needs donations to provide employment and skills training opportunities for people in our communities who face challenges to finding employment," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "These job seekers will directly benefit from the donations collected at the Bon-Ton Fall Goodwill Sale, and donors can take pride in knowing that their used clothing and textiles are making a positive impact in the lives of their friends and neighbors."
Goodwill also provides community-based services that complement its career programs, including child care, computer classes, financial education, transportation, and more. For 19 years, the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale has been a favorite time-honored tradition among donors and shoppers, giving them opportunities to give back to Goodwill while purchasing the new items they need. The collaboration between Bon-Ton and Goodwill has generated an estimated potential value of more than $223 million in revenue to support Goodwill's services to the community.
About Goodwill Industries International Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with affiliates in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of America's top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes). 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 2012, more than 6.7 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 and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.
About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., (NASDAQ: BONT) with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 273 department stores, which includes 10 furniture galleries, in 25 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. For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Company's website at http://investors.bonton.com. Facebook.com/BonTon Twitter: @BonTon
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