We are in the Holidays “home stretch!” This year’s Holiday season, which started with a late Thanksgiving Day less than a month ago, compressed the time of the year when friends gather in parties to wish each other well and to express their affection with gifts.

Here at Goodwill NY-NJ, we held our traditional Holiday luncheons for our Work Centers program participants. For over two decades, staff has served lunch to our participants at both the Astoria, NY and Harrison, NJ headquarters.

On Tuesday, December 17, elected and appointed officials joined staff and participants in Harrison. VIPs included Jeff Stoller, Assistant Commissioner, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Brian Murray, Director, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Councilman Anselmo Milan, Town of Harrison; and Jeff Kahn, Executive Director, Palisades Regional Academy.

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And program participants and senior residents from the Two Coves community, the neighborhood where our Astoria campus have been located since 1968 in Queens, sat to have lunch to celebrate the Holidays on Thursday, December 20. Everyone enjoyed turkey with all the trimmings, and assorted desserts. Then, everyone joined in for some caroling.

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Goodwill serves children and youth, unskilled and mature workers, people with all types of disabilities, immigrant and refugees, public assistance applicants and recipients, non-violent ex-offenders, U.S. veterans, and other individuals with barriers to employment who live in the five boroughs of New York City, Northern New Jersey, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. Our 43 stores are spread through the same areas, but also including the capital region of NY in Albany. 

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We are grateful for your donations, both financial and in-kind in the form of clothing and household goods that support our programs. Sales from our stores fund the mission of Goodwill. At the same time, when you shop at Goodwill stores, you help the local environment by re-using and re-purposing unwanted clothing and household goods.

From all of us here in the Goodwill family, we wish you and your family the best of Holidays and a happy and healthy 2014.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill. To get the latest fashion trends and tips and learn about our upcoming promotions, please read our thrift fashion blog A Good Look

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