To ensure that every child goes back to school in style this year, Goodwill Industries International and Family Circle have teamed up to launch a five million pound clothing drive which will run from Saturday, August 1 through Wednesday, September 30, 2009. The partnership will be featured in the September issue of Family Circle, the magazine’s first ever issue dedicated to Back-To-School, as well as www.shopfamilycircle.com, the brand’s new e-commerce destination. Family Circle and Goodwill invite moms and dads to put their gently used adult and kids’ clothes to work by donating them so that another child can have a “new to them” outfit for their first day of school. “Not only is donating to Goodwill a great way to clean out closets and teach your children about gratitude, responsibility and the opportunity to help others, but your donation will help fund support services such as youth programs and childcare so that people can stabilize their families while finding good jobs,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. Readers can help Goodwill and Family Circle reach their five million pound goal by attaching the donation coupon from the magazine’s September issue with their clothing contribution. The coupon can be downloaded from www.shopfamilycircle.com/goodwill, where readers can also find helpful information about organizing their own Back-to-School Clothing Drives. “The Family Circle community is always looking for ways to give back and get involved,” said Carey Witmer, Publisher of Family Circle. “Partnering with Goodwill — both in the magazine and on our new e-commerce destination — is a great way to give our readers the tools to help families in need.”

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