I am fresh off my trip from Germany, and anxious to share my thoughts. My wife and I arrived in Europe just a few days before the attacks in Paris and stayed for about a week following. Clearly, it was an emotional time to be in Europe, so close to the tragedy.
There were constant reminders everywhere we went of the reality of the world we live in today, as evident once again in these attacks. Police and military patrolled with AK-47’s everywhere we went. The shock and sadness felt around the world resonated deeply with us, so far from home and out of our element.
Our thoughts, like yours, centered around “What can we do in the face of these events”? After much consideration, I concluded with the same thoughts that I have held for a long time.
There are many ways to make a difference, and for me, I feel strongly about the possibility of making a difference in my own community. I believe education and employment are the foundations of changing lives.
The timing was powerful- shortly before we left, the store wrapped up our 19th Annual Trade-In Event. This year was our shortest event ever- a mere 18 days. I was quite nervous to condense this important event down to just over two weeks. But once again, our customers came through in a big way.
Cash Donation- $10,640
Donated Clothing- 540 lbs
What a tremendous outcome, all to support the mission of Goodwill of Greater Washington: Transforming Lives and Communities. This donation will result in 500 hours of job training for local residents. We’ve heard story after story from individuals who have already graduated and found a job. The program works, and your support will contribute to its success.
Thank you for your support, and thanks to Goodwill of Greater Washington for the work that they do. In a world where so many lives can be shattered in a moment, my hope is that this one event can also be a reminder of all the good around us every day.