Donate PPE to Local Health Care Providers

Goodwill donation locations open for drop off 

National news reports daily cover the impending unmet needs for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for health care professionals in the fight against COVID-19. Goodwill is taking steps to help ensure area health care providers are well-equipped with PPE.

“At times such as these, it is critical to maximize partnerships such as the partnership with Goodwill Industries,” noted Susan Beckham, Department of Public Health spokesperson. “This is a great way to provide an opportunity for those who would like to help their neighbors with a safe and effective means of doing so. We at Department of Public Health would like to thank Goodwill Industries for helping us in this effort and for all of those who are making donations in support of their communities.”

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA suspended retail shopping operations at its 16 resale training stores. But the charity, which funds much of its education and job placement services through sales in those stores, has kept most of its attended donation locations open to accept PPE drop offs as well as gently used donations for eventual placement on its sales floor once the health crisis has passed.

“People are spending a lot of time at home these days, but there are still essential errands that have to be run,” noted James Stiff, President and CEO of Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA. “We hope along the way they’ll drop by one of our donation locations. Our ‘no contact’ process keeps everyone protected, and whether they are dropping off PPE or gently used clothes and household items, their donations will support efforts that benefit this community.”

The PPE in highest demand includes masks, protective gowns and N-95 respirators. For a complete list of what Goodwill is accepting on behalf of local first responders and health care providers, click here.

A list of Goodwill donation locations can be found here:

“Goodwill wants to be there now for health care providers with an easy PPE donation process for residents who want to help,” Stiff said. “And Goodwill wants to be there later when the crisis has passed to help offer a ‘hand up’ to the new wave of post-pandemic unemployed citizens.”