When I was growing up, we didn’t buy our Halloween costumes — we made them from clothes and accessories we found in our Mom’s closet. We bought the occasional witch hat or mask, of course, but mostly our costumes were creative creations. I still remember putting together my gypsy costumes.
This year, Goodwill Industries International and Green Halloween are partnering to encourage Halloween celebrators to create unique costumes for themselves and their children by shopping at one of the 2600 Goodwill stores nationwide.
“Shopping at Goodwill for Halloween is a simple step toward living a more sustainable lifestyle,” says Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Reusing and repurposing items from Goodwill stores are a fun way to make a unique Halloween costume for not a lot of money.”
According to a press release issued by Goodwill, “Shopping at Goodwill is not just good for the planet. It also benefits people in local communities. Revenue from Goodwill stores fund job training programs and career and community-based services for people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment. Your purchase helps people learn the skills they need to work in Goodwill stores and in growing fields outside of Goodwill such as healthcare, green industries and financial services.”
“In 2010, Goodwill Industries® diverted more than 2 billion pounds of used goods from landfills,” said Gibbons. “Look no further than your nearest Goodwill store to find what you need to celebrate a green Halloween.”