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Gap and Ohio Valley Goodwill have announced a partnership encouraging consumers to clean out their closets for a cause. The “Let it Go” event will take place from May 19-May 29, 2011. Gap stores in the United States and Canada will accept donations in support of the Donate Movement, an effort powered by Goodwill to educate the public on the positive impact donations can have on both people and the planet. When consumers donate clothing to Gap stores during this time period, their donations will be given to Ohio Valley Goodwill and then sold in Goodwill’s network of 16 retail stores. To thank customers for their generous donations, donors will receive 30% off their entire Gap purchase, including regularly priced and sales items, just in time for Memorial Day shopping. Donations to Ohio Valley Goodwill support the organization’s mission of providing job training programs and employment placement services to the people who need them most. Goodwill sells donated goods in it stores and uses 60% of the revenues generated to fund skill training and job placement services. “As a company, we invest in career exploration and job readiness for youth, and thousands of our employees volunteer to help young people prepare for the workforce. Giving our customers and employees opportunities to donate clothing in support of Goodwill’s job training programs is a great fit with our community efforts,” said Bobbi Silten, head of global responsibility and president of Gap Foundation. Donating to Goodwill also has a positive impact on the planet. Goodwill helps communities extend the life of usable items in environmentally sound ways, and diverts clothing items from local landfills. “Through the Donate Movement, Goodwill aims to increase conscious donations by raising consumer awareness of the power their donated goods can have in strengthening our communities,” said Joe Byrum, Ohio Valley Goodwill President and CEO. “When you donate to Goodwill, you enable a person to receive vital skills training, succeed at work and climb the career ladder. These are people who want to work but need Goodwill’s help to find and keep good jobs.” To learn more about the Donate Movement and calculate the positive impact donations will have on the people in the community, visit www.donate.goodwill.org Join Goodwill and Gap for the “Let it Go” event May 19-29th and get a 30% off coupon good at local Gap store locations. Donations can be made at Gap locations in Kenwood Towne Center, Rookwood Commons, and Florence Mall or at any of Ohio Valley Goodwill’s conveniently located stores and donation sites. For a complete list of donation locations, visit http://www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/shop/directory.php . Thank you for your support!