• Goodwill Donation Attendant Finds $2300 in Donated Hat Box

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    November 19, 2018
    November 19, 2018
    Resourceful store manager tracks customer
    Huntley, IL - A Goodwill Northern Illinois donation attendant in the Huntley location was sorting donations when he came across a bank envelope containing $2,300 tucked away in a donated hat box.
    The donation attendant immediately took the envelope to a manager where she quickly jumped into action to return the mistaken donation.
    Using a store security camera, the manager identified the box being unloaded in the donation area, noted the make and model of the car and zoomed in on the license plate number. She then called police hoping to track the car.
    Based on the information provided, the police were able to find the car’s owner and Goodwill was able to return the $2,300 to the customer.
    “This is a fantastic, heartwarming story and it says so much about the honesty and integrity of the Goodwill employee.  This represents the very best of our Goodwill values,” Ben Bernsten, President of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois, said.
    About Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois
    Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is a community-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals with barriers to enhance their lives. Goodwill funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in its 12 retail stores located in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. In 2017, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois served 13,582 people in the communities in which we reside. A three year CARF Accreditation was awarded to Goodwill for its employment programs in 2018 which is official recognition that the organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices.  Goodwill stores in northern Illinois (Rockford, Machesney Park, Freeport, Sterling, DeKalb, Ottawa, McHenry, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Algonquin) and Beloit, Wisconsin employ over 550 people. Visit their website at www.goodwillni.org.
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    Shannon Harper
    PR/Marketing Manager
    Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois
    850 N Church Street
    Rockford, IL 61103
    (815) 987-6237
    Shannon Harper, PR Marketing Manager
    (815) 965-3795
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