LINCOLN COUNTY — Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette spokesperson Dale Emanuel told the News-Times that typically, in non-pandemic times, the last two weeks of the year are the busiest times for donations to that organization. Emanuel credited end-of-year, tax-deductible donations and observed that people are inclined to think of others during the holidays.
“I don’t know if this is going to continue. We saw a lot of giving. People did a lot of clean-out,” Emanuel said, as many were at home as a result of the pandemic. “We’re in a recession,” she noted. Donations are down this year.
The Goodwill Industries store at 1001 SE Highway 101 in Lincoln City is accepting donations, though there is a list of items they do not accept, which donors should view before donating: meetgoodwill.org/who-we-are/donations. The Newport Goodwill location is not accepting donations at this time.
The Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity stores are accepting donations. Newport ReStore associate Judith Hees told the News-Times that donors can request pick up of larger items, but pick up from that store is two weeks out. There is a need for appliances — washers and dryers, stoves and refrigerators. “Five or six times a week we get calls,” she said. The Habitat for Humanity stores accept donations of new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials, tools and other items.
Grace Wins Haven in Newport continues to accept men’s clothing, Diane Goff told the News-Times, but it doesn’t have a current need for women’s clothing. Warm weather gear, coats, boots, hats, and gloves are needed, as are tents and tarps, she said.
In Yachats, the Lions Club continues to accept donations on Thursdays, between noon and 4 p.m., at 344 Fourth St. June O’Conner, Lions secretary, said the club is in need of donations of CDs and DVDs, items in demand at the thrift store.
Rick Booth, of South Lincoln County Resources in Waldport, reported that furniture is being accepted by appointment only by calling 541-563-3710, ext. 1. Clothing is not being accepted at this time but will resume Jan. 5.
Goodwill Industries, in a press release issued this week, noted it’s safety procedures in place. “Donation attendants will be wearing gloves, face masks and/or face shields. Our requirement is the donor wear a face covering as well. Along with those household items, please pack your patience. Because of distancing rules to keep employees safe, we have less people serving more donors at our limited sites. Social distancing considerations also means if it took two people to load the big items, please bring them along to help unload.”