It started when I was little – Mom would sit us kids in the toy section while she shopped around.  It was like a treasure hunt.  We’d find more than just toys.  We’d find fuel for our imaginations.  Metal lunch boxes became tool boxes, zippered toiletry kits became computer books (remember Inspector Gadget?), and action figures became Barbie’s extras.  Because it was second-hand shopping and the prices were so low, we could buy almost anything.

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We knew every thrift shop within a two hundred mile radius of our home.  My first real job was as the cashier/stocker/custodian of our local, tiny thrift shop.  I never grew out of my enjoyment of finding a great outfit for a super low price, in an environmentally responsible way.

So when I clean out my closets (which happens often, because we end up buying more when we spend less on clothing by buying second-hand) I donate what we don’t need to Goodwill.  And then I usually pop in to do some shopping too.

That’s why I was excited to hear that Glad is partnering with Goodwill to help families in Toronto and the GTA clean out their closets!

Here’s the deal:  Goodwill isn’t just about selling used clothing, household items, books and furniture.  They provide Employment Services, Career Counseling and On-The-Job Training for those who need it.

The Donate4Good program allows people to keep items out of the landfill, while helping Goodwill fulfill its mission of enabling work opportunities and providing skills development for people facing barriers to employment. ~ Mathew Varghese, Manager, Donated Goods

So by donating your used items to your local Goodwill, you’re actually helping others.  One bag of donated clothing provides funds one hour of career counseling.  Two boxes of donated books provides two hours of on-the-job training.

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Glad is encouraging families to donate in the Greater Toronto Area by handing out Glad bags, to be filled with donations for Goodwill.  Then, they’ll be stationed at various Loblaws locations around Toronto to collect your donations.  And here’s the best part: for every Glad bag returned, Glad will donate $1.50 to Goodwill.  Talk about maximizing your donation!


  1. Clothing for men, women and children
  2. Accessories (belts, scarves, purses)
  3. Kitchen Items (small appliances, dishes, cutlery, pots)
  4. Shoes and boots
  5. Linens
  6. Outerwear for all ages
  7. Household decor (figurines, decorative objects)
  8. Kids games, puzzles and toys
  9. Wall art, mirrors, picture frames
  10. Towels

It really is win/win – clean out your closet, divert used items from the landfill, help others save money, and provide Employment Services for those who need it.

So what are you waiting for?  Clean out your closets and then head to the nearest location to make your donation!


August 14th: 4pm-8pm at Loblaws Yonge St. (3501 Yonge St., North York)

August 15th: 10am-2pm at Loblaws Yonge St. (3501 Yonge St., North York)

August 28th: 4pm-8pm at Loblaws Leslie St. (17 Leslie St, Toronto)

August 29th: 10am-2pm at Loblaws Leslie St. (17 Leslie St, Toronto)

September 18th: 4pm-8pm at Loblaws Musgrave St. (50 Musgrave St, Toronto)

September 19th: 10am-2pm at Loblaws Musgrave St. (50 Musgrave St, Toronto)

October 2nd: 4pm-8pm at Loblaws Dundas St. W (2280 Dundas St. West, Toronto)

October 3rd: 10am-2pm at Loblaws Dundas St. W (2280 Dundas St. West, Toronto)

October 23rd: 4pm-8pm at Loblaws McLaughlin (5970 McLaughlin Rd., Mississauga)

October 24th: 10am-2pm at Loblaws McLaughlin (5970 McLaughlin Rd., Mississauga)

 gfg logoDisclaimer: I was compensated for this post, but all of my opinions and stories are my own.

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