MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - Donations are down at one Goodwill Center but the need is up.
The lack of donations at the Middlesboro site is hurting jobs and others who depend on it, so they are pleading for donations.
The donation room at the Middlesboro Goodwill Center is nearly empty!
"Not really great this time of year," said Center Manager Donna Elliott.
Managers say donations dropped off when the new year started. The lack of donations means fewer items on the shelves for people to buy.
"They're coming in and looking at the shelves and if there's nothing on there they want, then they're going back out, and that's hurting sales," Elliott said.
The lack of sales hurts others. Goodwill creates jobs and training for people with disabilities or other employment barriers. With the low donations, Elliott had to cut employees' hours and send them home.
"It does hurt. They need their hours like everybody else," Elliott said.
The empty shelves also hurt others who depend on Goodwill.
"If we could just get more people to donate, it would be a bigger help. With the economy the way it is, people need this store," said shopper Barbara Kist.
Managers say they need clothes, shoes, household items, and toys. They can accept almost anything except televisions and computers.
"We'd love to have the donations for sure," Elliott said.
She says filling the donation room again could make a positive impact on someone's life.
You can drop off donations at the Goodwill Center on Highway 25E in Middlesboro.