Northland organizations in need of donations

By KBJR News 1

April 5, 2014 Updated Apr 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- There are 13 Goodwill stores scattered through out the Northland and they are in need of a little help.

"It has been a really tough, long winter and I think that's really been reflected in the decrease of donations," said Valerie Clark, public relations specialist for Goodwill Duluth. "We just need a little bit of help to get through the winter."

Nine million pounds of household goods find a re–use through Goodwill Duluth each year.

Goodwill takes gently used items from men and women's clothing to furniture and they also carry some brand new items.

"We have a partnership with Target, so we actually receive some of their clearance items," said Clark.

Another organization that is always in need of donations is Loaves and Fishes.

They do not get any government or foundation money and none of the staff is paid.

"It's all volunteer run and donation driven," said Kelly Wallin, a live-in volunteer. "We have three houses, two of them offer hospitality, so anything that goes along with that: coffee, cosmetics, shaving gear."

Loaves and Fishes also accepts cash donations to help pay for general expenses and emergency needs for guests.

If you are doing a little spring cleaning and want to give back the community there are several options in the Twin Ports.

"I didn't want to throw it away, it was good stuff so hopefully someone else can use it," said John Severson who dropped off boxes full of kitchen items at Goodwill.

Donating to Goodwill also provides 194,000 hours of work each year to people with disabilities, or others with barriers to employment.

Items Goodwill does not accept include: refrigerators, freezers, children's car seats, mattresses and tires.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.