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Goodwill wants your donations but not right now

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Posted at 4:59 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 17:59:01-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — With more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, you may have started spring cleaning a bit early. With that, you may be thinking of making a run to drop off your unwanted items at a thrift store such as Goodwill.

There's only one problem with that plan: Goodwill stores are closed ask that you hold off.

While Goodwill Industries says they are grateful for your donations, they ask that you wait until they reopen as donations pile up outside stores.

“We want the community to know that we deeply appreciate their generosity and support; we just don’t have the resources to collect donations right now,” said Tobi Mathouser, president and chief operating officer at Goodwill Omaha. “This is a trying time for all of us, and for the time being, we’re operating with a limited staff. We want our employees to be safe, and that means staying home right now. The few people who are working from home are performing essential tasks while trying to clean up the piles left outside the donation centers.”

Goodwill did not say when it plans to reopen.