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Goodwill and Scouts “Bag It Up!”

Girl Scouts helped to collect donations.

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys and Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council recently kicked off their 2nd Annual “Bag It Up!”. Girl Scouts set up Cookie Booths at multiple Goodwill stores around the valley. In addition to selling cookies, Girl Scouts were on site distributing special Bag It Up! recyclable bags.

The community is encouraged to return these bags to Goodwill stores on Saturday, March 26th with material donations that will help Girl Scouts and Goodwill change lives. Local Girl Scouts will be collecting gently used clothing, toys, and household goods to benefit Goodwill. In return, Girl Scouts will earn two $10 vouchers to use in Goodwill stores for each donation bin filled.

These vouchers will be given to needy families and / or organizations at the Girl Scout troop’s discretion.

Bag It Up! is a collaboration to collect donations to benefit Goodwill, teach Girl Scouts various life lessons including environmental responsibility and social consciousness, and help the community at the same time. Participating Girl Scouts will learn more about a large nonprofit, recycling, reusing, and repurposing, as well as how to give back to the community through the distribution of the vouchers they have worked to earn.

“The Bag It Up! collaboration engages girls to make a difference as they work to create positive change in our communities,” said Jim Shaver, VP of Marketing and Development for Goodwill. “The community, as well as both Goodwill and the Girl Scouts, benefit and young girls experience individual growth and knowledge that they would not have otherwise gained. Last year Bag It Up! resulted in enough material donated to cover three football fields and earned $2,900 in vouchers to support individuals in several communities.”

Both organizations expect another large turnout this year with record amounts of donations collected throughout Goodwill’s 31 county Virginia territory. Girl Scouts will be on-site at several store locations helping Goodwill staff collect the donations as part of their community service. Bag It Up! has helped to establish a stronger relationship between Goodwill and Girl Scouts throughout Central and Southwest Virginia.

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, a United Way partner organization headquartered in Roanoke, serves 31 counties and 14 cities in the New River, Roanoke, and Shenandoah Valleys

For more information call 540.581.0620 or visit

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