Goodwill to Donate Stuffed Animals to Fort Worth Police Department

WHO:  Fort Worth Police Department officer William Margolis and neighborhood police officers; Goodwill Fort Worth President & CEO David Cox, Safety & Loss Prevention VP Jeff Latimer and Safety & Loss Prevention Coordinator Brant Babb.

WHAT:  Fort Worth Police Officer William Margolis is no stranger to doing a good deed. In June, he received national media attention for buying a 95-year-old Fort Worth man a new window unit when his air conditioner broke in the sweltering heat. In July, Margolis was on a missing person’s call, which lead him into the Goodwill Fort Worth headquarters where he saw bails of donated stuffed animals. He asked Goodwill’s safety coordinator what Goodwill does with the stuffed animals, because he might want to purchase them for officers to hand out to any child who is involved in a call, to help calm them down.

Instead of selling the toys to Officer Margolis, Goodwill Fort Worth stepped up to donate the toys to the department. On Thursday, August 24, Goodwill Fort Worth will present more than 100 stuffed animals to Officer Margolis and neighborhood police officers at Goodwill’s Fort Worth headquarters. “Stuffed animals are something we get a lot of donated but don’t sell well in our stores,” said David Cox, president & CEO of Goodwill Fort Worth. “We hope to establish a long-term partnership with the Fort Worth Police Department to continue to supply stuffed animals to officers to help provide this simple comfort for the children they serve.”

WHEN:  Thursday, August 24, 2017; 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth; 4005 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76119

WHY:  Goodwill is more than a thrift store. The largest employer of people with disabilities in the world, Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

Goodwill Fort Worth’s 23 retail locations provide revenue through the sale of donated goods to support Goodwill’s mission – job training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities and other barriers to employment including lack of education or work experience and homelessness. For more information on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, please visit www.goodwillfortworth.org.

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