As many families continue to grapple with the financial effects of the pandemic and face increased costs of other living expenses, Goodwill is offering parents some relief. With more than 30 retail stores across a six-county area in Central Florida, the nonprofit serves as an affordable BTS shopping option. While items are not guaranteed to be in stock, Goodwill is an excellent starting point for clothes, shoes, backpacks, supplies and more – all priced at an average of 30% below big box retailers.
According to Deloitte’s 2022 back-to-school survey, parents plan to spend $661 per child, on average, for back-to-school shopping this year, up 8% from 2021 and 27% from 2019. With back-to-school shopping being the second largest spending event for parents, behind holiday expenditures, the survey also found that nearly three in five parents are concerned about the inflated BTS costs.
The Deloitte study also showed that BTS shoppers are looking to shop more sustainably this year – a trend that Goodwill is well ahead of. Sustainability is one of Goodwill’s founding principles, as the nonprofit promotes thrifting, reusing, donating and upcycling to reduce one’s environmental impact. In 2021, local Goodwills diverted nearly 19 billion pounds of usable goods from landfills.
And if you have clothes, shoes or other potential items that could be used for back-to-school, you can drop those off at Goodwill. There are 30 retail stores that accept donations as well as 20 Donation Xpress sites across the Orlando area and Orange, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, Volusia and Seminole counties. Check here to find the nearest Goodwill to you.