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Goodwill opens donation center near Lehigh

April 13, 2010
Special To The Citizen

Donating to Goodwill is more convenient than ever for residents of Lehigh Acres and the Gateway community. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida has opened a new Attended Donation Center (ADC) at Arborgate, a shopping center at the intersection of Colonial Blvd. and Treeline Ave., just outside Lehigh. In late summer, the ADC will be replaced by a new, 12,000 square foot retail store.

"Arborgate is in an area that's growing very quickly," said Laura Alford, Goodwill's director of donor development. "There's a lot of traffic going to and from Lehigh Acres and Gateway, and the Forum shops are right around the corner. We're very optimistic about this location."

Goodwill has tentatively targeted August 20 for the opening of its Arborgate Retail & Donation center. It will be the agency's 25th thrift store in Southwest Florida. Goodwill also has plans to open a bookstore in the Iona area on McGregor Boulevard.

The Arborgate donation center is Goodwill's ninth in Southwest Florida, and will be open daily and staffed from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Goodwill accepts donations of new and gently-used clothing and household items at its ADCs. Proceeds earned from the resale of donated items are used to support Goodwill's programs and services, including job training and placement services, apartment complexes for people with disabilities and for low-income seniors, the Four Wheels for Work vehicle assistance program, and a charter school for students with developmental disabilities.

For a complete list of Goodwill's Attended Donation Centers and Stores, visit



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