In the wake of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that ravaged Haiti on August 14, Goodwill Manasota was contacted by Mary Gillespie, a staff member from Faith United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Gillespie reported that Faith UMC’s sister church and orphanage in Haiti were at the epicenter of the earthquake, noting that they had no food, shelter or clothing, and that many were injured. She said that the children were getting sick from being subject to the elements and that, in response to the dire need, Faith UMC would be sending a shipping container with donations from our community to help those who were affected. On the list of critical needs was children’s clothing; Goodwill Manasota responded with the donation and delivery of 261 pounds of children’s clothing. The shipping container was scheduled for shipment on September 4.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.