A surplus of donations caused Goodwill Keystone Area to close its donation centers in its 22-county service area on Jan. 26.

This halt on donations will be in effect until the end of February, providing ample time to sort through stockpiled inventory and disperse it to retail locations.

Goodwill’s 44 retail locations remain open, though the donation centers are closed.

“We are grateful for the incredible generosity of our donors over the past several months,” said Rick Hill, Goodwill Keystone Area’s president and CEO.

“Because of this overwhelming support, we need to temporarily stop collection of donations and are asking the community to hold their donated goods until we reopen. When we do, we will gladly accept all that you have saved for us.”

In order to help disperse and sort inventory, Goodwill is seeking new employees to help fill voids at donation centers.

These positions include full and part-time openings in the processing department, with flexible schedules available.

“We encourage those who may be looking for work to check out these job opportunities,” Hill said. “We also encourage you to stop by our stores where you can discover some great finds at very affordable costs.

“When you shop at Goodwill, you support our mission of providing critical job-training programs and employment services for people with disabilities and other barriers to independence.”

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Goodwill Keystone Area has been experiencing a particularly high volume of donations, according to Mark McGaffin, marketing specialist for Goodwill Keystone Area.

This temporary halt to donations is not unprecedented. “In August 2020, we had to close all of our donation centers for several weeks to allow us to get inventory sorted and out to our retail locations,” McGaffin said.

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Aubree Fahringer is a producer and reporter for LebTown.