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Our view: Donate for a good cause

Christmas is now less than two weeks away.

Pretty soon, all the presents will be opened. New toys, clothes, electronics and other gadgets will be put to use.

And ... you’ll realize you should have cleaned out some of your older clothes and accessories to make room for the new stuff.

During this season of giving, why don’t you look around your home for items that you really don’t use anymore but that could come in handy for someone else.

Goodwill Industries, a community-based nonprofit that provides job training and placement services for people with barriers to finding meaningful employment, is encouraging area residents to donate used goods in the name of helping others.

“In a season when many of us are focused on gift buying, many Americans are also just as interested in giving back,” Shannon Halverson of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois said in a news release. “Even if funds are tight, people can give back by donating gently used items to Goodwill. We take everything from unwanted holiday sweaters to computers and laptops – even gift cards. At Goodwill, we turn these items into something very real: job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others who face challenges to finding employment.”

Among the items that Goodwill will accept are computers, kitchenware, clothes, video games, books, CDs, cellphones, bikes, and general household items.

Goodwill has two locations in McHenry County: 11900 Kreutzer Road in Huntley (847-669-9338) and 2006 N. Richmond Road in McHenry (815-385-3160).

Goodwill is not the only nonprofit that accepts donated items locally. McHenry County is home to several thrift stores that benefit social-service providers.

Consider donating used items this holiday season to benefit others in need.

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