Goodwill Columbus is accepting donations from the former Swan Cleaners building in the Rocky Point Plaza in Gahanna.

Goodwill Columbus is accepting donations from the former Swan Cleaners building in the Rocky Point Plaza in Gahanna.

"It will be a collection center," said Vivian Reyna, director of Goodwill's retail operations. "Our sorting is automatically done there, and our drivers will pick up items to distribute to our retail stores."

Goodwill Columbus has five other donations centers in Bexley, Grandview, Hilliard, Reynoldsburg and Upper Arlington. Four retail stores operate in the Columbus area.

The drive-through window at the location, according to Reyna, makes the location in a strip center near Morse Road even more convenient. She said Goodwill already opened unofficially and has been pleasantly surprised by the number of donations already accepted.

"Already the Gahanna residents have been so generous," Reyna said.

Goodwill accepts almost any donation of gently used items, such as clothing and shoes, furniture, books and other household items.

One employee from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily will staff the 2,000-square-foot site.

Reyna said each donations center and retail store help Goodwill "continue to fulfill its mission of building independence, quality of life and work opportunities for individuals with disabilities in central Ohio."

According to information from Goodwill, Goodwill Columbus has 3,200 employees working more than 1-million hours in a year, helping people with developmental disabilities and mental retardation.

Goodwill Columbus was established in 1939.