Ohio Valley Goodwill has been the beneficiary of donated goods in the Greater Cincinnati area for more than 97 years and is grateful for generous community support. The donations the organization receives are sold in its network of retail stores and provides 60% of the operating revenue it needs to provide its vital training and employment services for individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans. While the organization is always in need of donations, Goodwill advises that donors follow some simple guidelines for items they intend to donate: “¢ Wash or dry-clean clothing. “¢ Test electrical equipment and battery-operated items. “¢ Include all pieces and parts to children’s games and toys. “¢ Most importantly, make sure that the items you intend to donate are not dangerous. Safety should always be a guiding factor. Donation Don’ts “¢ Leave items unattended outside a collection center. “¢ Donate broken or soiled items. “¢ Give items that have been recalled, banned, or do not meet current safety standards. As a responsible community business that receives donated materials, Ohio Valley Goodwill adheres to the Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines in ensuring that all items on its shelves meet all safety standards. Goodwill urges it’s generous donors to give with care as they decide to make a donation to the organization. While donations are the lifeblood of Goodwill, it is also important to keep in mind the safety of the community at large when making a donation. “We very much appreciate the generous donations we’ve received from the Greater Cincinnati community throughout the years,” said George Palmer, Director of PR and Marketing. “For safety reasons, we just want to remind our donors that when they make a donation to Goodwill to do so with care.” For more information about items that Goodwill does and does not accept, please visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/donate.