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Goodwill Columbus opens donation center on 5th Avenue

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Goodwill Columbus has opened a new attended donation center at 1759 W. Fifth Ave., near its Edgehill Road headquarters.

The donation center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily to accept donations of gently used clothing, furniture and household items.

"We stock and sell the donated items in our retail stores and use the proceeds to help fund our programs and services," said Vivian Reyna, Goodwill's director of retail operations.

"The retail stores are a big source of revenue for us," she said.

"At an attended donation center we have someone on site in the building to accept donations, make sure a person gets a receipt and help unloading the car," Reyna said.

The new 2,490-square-foot attended donation center in Grandview is Goodwill's eighth outlet in central Ohio, with the other facilities located in Bexley, Gahanna, Hilliard, Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington and two in Columbus, including one on Chambers Road.

"We're really excited about opening a donation center in the Grandview area, just down the road from our headquarters," Reyna said.

Goodwill is planning to open another eight donation centers later this year and a new retail store in Hilliard, which will be the agency's fifth shop, she said.

Increasing the number of outlets will make it easier and more convenient for people to donate items or shop at the retail stores, Reyna said.

"We really see an opportunity in the Columbus market to generate revenue that will allow us to serve more people with disabilities or other barriers," she said.

"The more revenue we can earn, the more we can grow and better fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life, independence and work opportunities for people with disabilities," Reyna said.

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