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Originally published: 2014-03-10 11:14:10
Last modified: 2014-03-10 11:14:55

Our View: Where there's goodwill, there's a way to help

From blood drives to fundraisers, many charities and nonprofit organizations in North Carolina have experienced a dismal winter -- cold weather and storms have combined to cancel or otherwise thwart many events typically used to raise money or goods to support their missions. That was certainly the situation Friday as many of us awoke to four or more inches of wet and heavy snow from an early March storm. 

Add to this list Goodwill Industries International, an organization that aids youths, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities or criminal backgrounds in jobs training and education.

A  main source of funding for this organization is its retail stores, such as the one on Boone Heights Drive in Boone. Yet, these stores rely on donations to fuel the local needs they meet, and because of severe winter weather, those donations are down drastically compared to a year ago. Despite the determination of Goodwill employees to remain open during even the worst weather -- Boone employees are rightly proud of their record in keeping the doors open -- snow, rain and ice have combined to keep donations low. Indeed, some stores in the High Country have little backroom inventory. 

To help correct this, Goodwill leaders are asking us to do a bit of spring cleaning to spur donations -- and with the weather taking an abrupt about-face from last week's storm, spring is certainly today more than a passing thought.

As ideas go, this is a good one. It's a win-win situation whether you're on the giving or receiving end. After all, spring cleaning is something you're going to do anyway -- and doing that something today will help one of our neighbors tomorrow.