Donate PPE to Local Health Care Providers Goodwill Donation Locations Open for Drop Off

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

National news reports daily cover the impending unmet needs for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for health care professionals in the fight against COVID-19. Goodwill is taking steps to ensure area health care providers are well-equipped with PPE.

“Any efforts to support the medical community on the front lines of this pandemic are very much appreciated. Personal protective equipment has become one of the most sought-after resources during the response to COVID-19 as it is the first line of defense for healthcare workers. We’re so grateful for the support we are receiving from our community, and we thank Goodwill for their efforts to help to gather PPE. From food, to supplies, to supportive signs, it’s clear that we’re all in this together,” said Stephen J. Daugherty, Chief Executive Officer for Coliseum Health System.

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA suspended retail shopping operations at its 16 resale training stores. But the charity, which funds much of its education and job placement services through sales in those stores, has kept most of its attended donation locations open to accept PPE drop offs as well as gently used donations for eventual placement on its sales floor once the health crisis has passed.

“People are spending a lot of time at home these days, but there are still essential errands that have to be run,” noted James Stiff, President and CEO of GIMG. “We hope along the way they’ll drop by one of our donation locations. Our ‘no contact’ process keeps everyone protected, and whether they are dropping off PPE or gently used clothes and household items, their donations will support efforts that benefit this community.” 

The PPE in highest demand includes masks, protective gowns and N-95 respirators. For a complete list of what Goodwill is accepting on behalf of local first responders and health care providers, click here

“So many people and organizations have stepped forward to support healthcare workers as we contend with COVID-19. We are truly all in this together. Although Navicent Health is adequately supplied, it is important that we prepare for the future, and we are grateful to Goodwill for their support,” said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and CEO of Navicent Health.

A list of Goodwill donation locations can be found here.

““Goodwill wants to be there now for health care providers with an easy PPE donation process for residents who want to help,” Stiff said. “And Goodwill wants to be there later when the crisis has passed to help offer a ‘hand up’ to the new wave of post-pandemic unemployed citizens.”