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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)

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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    We ALWAYS donate our stuff. We don’t have GoodWill around here anymore, but we have many other charitable organizations and we love seeing our stuff go to good hands that really need it 🙂

  2. Joanne T Ferguson

    I always donate unused toys, presents and especially clothing! I do think that someone out there will be able to benefit from what i donate! I, in turn, have been able to find many wonderful things to buy from Goodwill and give as presents too!

  3. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Thanks for sharing. I will keep this in mind the next time I get to clean the closets. I know there are lot of clothes that the kids have outgrown, and I could also throw in a few linens in there.
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  4. Jeanette

    We try to donate a lot to places. A few weeks ago we tried to donate our couch, but they do not take sleeper couches. We did donate a lot of other stuff to them before we moved.
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  5. Dawn McAlexander

    I have a mountain of clothes that I no longer wear that I would love to donate to Goodwill. If I ever get un-busy for a little while, I intend to go through them and see what I can and can’t donate. That would be really helpful to both Goodwill and to me. My closet is just too full right now!
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  6. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I think Goodwill is awesome. I donate a lot of things to them, and I get a lot of things from them.
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  7. Joseph

    I love shopping at a great thrift store. I always drop bags of stuff that I don’t need anymore off at the local thrift stores in my area.. So many great finds at thrift stores!

  8. Jenn

    My family is always donating to Goodwill. Before holidays, my family has a ritual of going through our things and selecting new looking items to donate to Goodwill. It teaches the kids to be respectful and think of others.
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  9. Alli

    I always donate to our local Goodwill. Many of my friends have yard sales, etc., but I donate everything – from purses to clothes and everything in between. One time I had givers remorse when I wished I hadn’t donated a designer leather handbag, but I got over it soon. Mostly, I just feel good about helping others out.
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  10. Diana Villa

    Such a wonderful idea! I always love to help my community. Thanks! 😀

  11. Katie

    I love thrift store shopping, I still think of it as a treasure hunt. It is awesome that Glad and Goodwill are organizing for a great cause. The list of the top 10 wanted items make it really easy to know what to donate too.
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  12. Liz Mays

    What an awesome way to donate and support Goodwill! They provide people so many opportunities.
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  13. kristin

    We love to donate. We just took a big bag of Kid clothes that the kids have grown out of . Nice Share.
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  14. Mykidsguide

    We always donate toys and clothes to our local charity. Kudos to Glad and Goodwill for partnering for a great cause.
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  15. Nina say

    Nothing makes me happier than when I hear someone say they donated something rather than throw it away. It makes everything seem a tad more hopeful.
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  16. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    Growing up my Mom and I would get up on Saturday morning and go shopping. We would get breakfast and this hit up our favorite thrift stores and yard sales. I treasured those moments with her, it was our thing we did together.
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  17. Shelley Zurek

    We donate a lot of our stuff to the local Salvation army. It’s in an old grocery store and it’s huge.
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  18. rika

    we always donate stuff, even brand new items. But I always make sure to help our friends and family first. If they don’t need anything and in a good financial situation, i will donate stuff to local thrift store, etc
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  19. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    “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.” <-I would bet if more folks knew this, they would certainly donate before tossing stuff! Do you know if Glad has the same initiative going on in the US with Goodwill?
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    • Megan Elford

      I agree, I bet they would! I’m not sure if Glad is doing the same thing in the US, but it would certainly be worth checking into!

  20. Uplifting Families

    I always tell my kids to bag up stuff that is still good so that we can donate it. It gets it out of my house and into the arms of someone who needs it.
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  21. Rebecca Swenor

    This is an amazing cause indeed. Donating to Goodwill is an amazing thing people can do and since they have this program it is especially important. It can help so many people. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Chubskulit Rose

    I have thought of donating our baby stuff to Goodwill since they are sitting in our storage area. I must do that this year, thanks for the inspiration.
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  23. Alyssa C

    I always, always donate. A lot of my daughters clothes go to my sister or sister in law but toys, books, etc end up at our local Goodwill!
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  24. Lynndee

    We have donated to Goodwill many times already and actually, we have more to donate here. I just have to sort things out and we’re headed to Goodwill.
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  25. Rosey

    I donated so so so many things before I left Michigan. It was a tad sad but a big relief too. 🙂

  26. Tom

    My wife and I love to donate. My wife more so than me. But we always love to give people things that they would otherwise not afford. A very rewarding feeling.

  27. Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies

    Goodwill is such a worthwhile charity. I also live in Ontario and whenever we have extra items that we no longer use we give them to goodwill.

  28. CourtneyLynne

    I always donate my daughters stuff she out grows!! I love knowing we are helping someone that really needs something!

  29. Winter White

    Wow I never knew Goodwill did so much more than collect donated items. What a great way to give back!
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  30. Chrystal | YUM eating

    I love shopping at Goodwill. Our local stores get brand new items from Old Navy and Target. We donate a lot to the company as well. I think their training program is awesome.
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  31. Adanna

    This is so on time for me. I cleaned out my closet tonight. I used to go to the Goodwill before I had kids but these days I am lazy and I put my used clothes in the used bins in my neighborhood.
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  32. HilLesha

    I donate to Goodwill regularly. It always feels good to purge, yet know that someone out there can use the things that I no longer need or want.
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  33. Krystal

    I constantly make Goodwill runs to donate stuff. My local store has a drive thru drop off – it is so easy to use!
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  34. Erin

    We always donate stuff! Lol, seriously. I remember how much I loved thrift stores growing up and it makes me feel great to be passing that feeling on!
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