Over the past nine years, the annual Thanksgiving Day Race has become a tradition for Ohio Valley Goodwill and its team of enthusiastic donation station volunteers. Headquartered at Paul Brown stadium, thousands of racers stop by the Goodwill Donation Station to say hello and drop off their generous cold weather donations every year. For more than a century, Greater Cincinnatians have made the Thanksgiving Day Race part of their family holiday traditions. Now, making a thoughtful donation to Goodwill has become an important part of that tradition. “Ohio Valley Goodwill is so grateful to the generous donors that make giving a part of their holiday tradition at the annual Thanksgiving Day Race,” said Sharon Hannon, Goodwill Marketing Director.
At this year’s race, the Goodwill Donation Station was headquartered at Paul Brown Stadium and the organization also sponsored an Entertainment and Selfie station at Mile 2 by popular demand. Local musician and long-time Goodwill volunteer, Mark Macomber, entertained runners as they trotted past with his musical talents while others took a second to commemorate the event with a brief stop at the Goodwill Selfie station.
Earning a reputation as the largest coat donation drive in the country; Thanksgiving Day race enthusiasts bring a cold weather clothing item to share on race morning. Over the past nine years, more than 31,000 pounds of donations have been collected through the Goodwill Donation Station. Donated items are then sold through Goodwill’s network of retail store and the proceeds are used to fund Goodwill’s employment and training services for people with disabilities and our nation’s veterans in the Greater Cincinnati community.
“We could not be more grateful for our partnership with the annual Thanksgiving Day Race and the support and generosity of the Greater Cincinnati community during this important holiday time of the year,” said Sharon Hannon, Goodwill Marketing Director and event coordinator.
Our most sincere thanks to this year’s Thanksgiving Day Race participants and to the Greater Cincinnati community for their on-going support of Goodwill’s more than a century long mission of putting people with disabilities and our nation’s veterans to work in our community. You can make a donation to support Ohio Valley Goodwill and its mission of service any day of the year at any one of our Greater Cincinnati donation locations. For a complete list of Goodwill Donation Centers, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/donate.
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend Wishes everyone!