November 20, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Good work at Goodwill

The expression “waste not, want not” means if you do not waste anything, you will always have enough. Earlier versions of the saying were “willful waste makes woeful want” and “wise use of one’s resources will keep one from poverty.”

From childhood, I remember the words “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” and “make do or do without.”

A modern embodiment of these sentiments can be found at our local second-hand store, Goodwill, which is now in a new location on Harvest Lane.

Goodwill is saving our landfills and helping folks who cannot afford the full price of items like dishes, clothing, toys and games. One can purchase old records and try them on a record player before buying, relax in a seating area while a family member is shopping or use the computer center.

After a certain amount of time, if items are not sold, they are sent to a warehouse out of state where they can be bought for five cents a pound.

During September, if one rounded up their purchase to an even number, the extra went to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Goodwill also supports a brain injury organization, a group home and a veteran’s program.

I can’t help but feel we have become a wasteful society. Could people benefit by saving where there are good useable clothing and items available at a very reasonable cost?

Ginger Isham
Williston

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