"Team Goodwill" Preps for 2013 Thanksgiving Day Race!

For the fourth year in a row, Ohio Valley Goodwill will be the Donation Station sponsor for the annual Thanksgiving Day Race on Thursday, November 28th in downtown Cincinnati. As in previous years, Goodwill will have a donation station at the start of the Race prominently positioned by Paul Brown Stadium as well as at Mile 2, marked by Goodwill trucks and the organization’s enthusiastic volunteer cheerleaders. The Goodwill vehicles as well as donation barrels will feature for the first time the new Ad Council campaign artwork which encourages racers to “Donate Stuff. Create Jobs” in our community. The Ad Council Goodwill campaign debuted nationally in September of this year and is being rolled out through media outlets, store locations and high profile community events like the annual Thanksgiving Day Race. Through Goodwill’s past experience with the Race, the organization has learned that both the Thanksgiving Day Race and the Donation Stations are symbolic of the sense of community that is really the essence of Cincinnati. During these challenging economic times, the importance of coming together to donate to support our neighbors in the Greater Cincinnati area is even more relevant. “Goodwill’s involvement with the Thanksgiving Day Race really gives us the opportunity to share our message of giving with thousands of Race participants during the holiday season,” said Michael Flannery, Public Information Officer. Families and friends come together every year to be part of the Thanksgiving Day Race tradition just as they come together to support Goodwill and its mission of service to the community. For Goodwill and its volunteer team, the Race becomes a chance to join together with thousands of runners to share the positive spirit that creates the magic of the event as well as the opportunity to give. “The Goodwill cheerleaders love the chance to root for the racers on as well as to be part of the very special feeling of togetherness that is part of the tradition of the Thanksgiving Day Race,” said Sharon Hannon, Goodwill Marketing Specialist. The 2013 Goodwill team is composed of members of its Retail, Donations and Marketing departments and their families. Support and involvement with community events like the annual Thanksgiving Day Race allows Goodwill to share the new Ad Council message of “Donate Stuff. Create Jobs,” creating more awareness of how donations actually help put people to work in our community. Join “Team Goodwill” in celebrating our sense of community and our giving spirit this holiday season at the 2013 Thanksgiving Day Race! Register on-line at www.thanksgivingdayrace.com and bring stuff to donate to support Goodwill and its mission of service to the community.

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