Goodwill Discourages Donation Dropoffs Right Now

While many Goodwill donation centers are closed across the Bay Area due to the coronavirus pandemic, some people at home are left wondering what to do with all their stuff.

Drop-off sites at Goodwill locations have piled up in recent weeks as people continue their spring cleaning. Alan Martinson is the Vice President of Retail for Goodwill Central Coast, and he told KCBS Radio that while the gesture to give back is appreciated, right now is not the best time.

“It all ends up in the landfill now, which is kind of rough for us financially,” Martinson said. “It hurts us to have to tell people to stop because it’s what makes us do what we do.”

He does encourage us to hold off on those donations, but what if you have so much stuff, you need to get rid of it sooner rather than later?

Try joining online groups like the Buy Nothing Project. Volunteer Leah Riggins said you can post anything you’d like to giveaway without receiving anything in return.

“We’re doing porch pickups only, which means you tell the person your address, and you say, ‘I’m gonna leave this outside on my porch,’” she said.

A free store without any price tags is something Leah said is desperately needed now.

“It is pretty cool when someone wants something you’re giving away, or when someone has something you’re looking for,” she said. “I feel connected to the community.”

One helpful tip: make sure you have a designated space in your home to avoid clutter.