Donations at Local Bon-Ton Stores Support Goodwill's Mission of Helping People Find and Keep Good Jobs in Communities Across the United States



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TO NATIONAL, RETAILING, AND STATE EDITORS:

"Donate Stuff. Create Jobs" at Goodwill@ and the Bon-Ton Stores this

Spring

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As you clean

out your closets this spring, set aside the clothing and household

textiles you no longer need. Then donate them to Goodwill at your

local Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman,

Herberger's or Younkers stores. For each item donated, customers will

receive a coupon to purchase the latest spring fashions up to 25

percent off regular and sale prices. The spring Goodwill Sale takes

place from March 13 to 29. Coupons may be redeemed at any of Bon-Ton's

270 stores and furniture galleries.

Donations will then be sold at Goodwill stores within the communities

in which they are collected. The revenue from the donation sales will

fund job training programs and other community-based services that

help people find jobs and care for their families. Just one bag of

clothes creates one hour of on-the-job training for someone who needs

employment assistance. To date, Bon-Ton customers have donated more

than 95 million items during the semi-annual Goodwill Sale equating to

8.9 million hours of job services to help local members of the

community get back to work.

Every year, Goodwill provides employment training, job placement,

financial education, youth mentoring and more to millions of people

throughout the United States and Canada. The Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale is

Goodwill's largest and longest standing cause partnership and

department store donation drive. The sale takes place twice a year, in

the spring and fall. The Goodwill Sale has been turning donors into

job creators since 1994, helping people like Bill Thigpen.

Bill lost his wife to breast cancer and was laid off from his job in a

span of several weeks. He learned about the Goodwill Keystone Area

(Harrisburg, PA) Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

and shared his desire to work in public service or nonprofits. He

earned a job with the local Goodwill's SCSEP program, helping fellow

seniors grow their work skills and find jobs in public service. After

building his own skills, Bill now works as a project coordinator for

Chester County, PA. Bill said, "Goodwill's SCSEP program was the most

perfect thing that has happened to me, and I am looking forward to

helping others." This and the other stories found on goodwill.org

demonstrate the power of Goodwill's programs to transform lives.

"Spring is the perfect time to clean out your home and donate the

things you no longer need to Goodwill. Donations to Goodwill provide

someone like Bill with a fresh start and an opportunity to work in his

community," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries

International. "When you support the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale, you're

helping to create jobs and employment opportunities in your

community."

Customers are also invited to visit millionactsofgoodwill.com to learn

more about the event and to play the Closet Clean-Out Giveaway for a

chance to win a $100 gift card instantly and be entered for the grand

prize to win a $1,000 Bon-Ton shopping spree.

"The Bon-Ton family of stores has made a commitment to strengthen our

communities and this program exemplifies that mission" said Brendan

Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores,

Inc. "We are pleased to kick off our 20th year of supporting Goodwill

Industries@through our signature Goodwill Sale event."

During the Goodwill Sale, customers can help spread the word about

their donations and new purchases using the hashtag #GoodwillSale.

Goodwill Industries (@GoodwillIntl) and Bon-Ton Stores (@bonton) will

highlight their favorite tweets throughout the campaign.

In September 2013, Goodwill partnered with the Ad Council on its first

national multimedia public service announcement (PSA) campaign to

encourage Americans to help create jobs in their communities. As

millions of people continue to struggle with unemployment, the

campaign aims to educate and inspire Americans to help create jobs in

their communities by donating clothing and household items to

Goodwill. To view the PSAs, visit adcouncil.org.

About Goodwill Industries International Goodwill Industries

International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the

United States and Canada with a presence in 14 other countries.

Goodwill is one of America's top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes,

2013). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social

enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement

services and other community-based programs by selling donated

clothing and household items in more than 2,700 stores and online at

shopgoodwill.com@. Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and

create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a

wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly,

food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last

year, more than 6.7 million people in the United States and Canada

benefited from Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 82

percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with

corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin,

operates 270 department stores, which includes 10 furniture galleries,

in 25 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under

the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman,

Herberger's and Younkers nameplates. The Stores offer a broad

assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and

accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home

furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive

participant in the communities it serves. For further information,

please visit the investor relations section of the Company's website

at http://investors.bonton.com. Learn more at Facebook.com/bonton,

Instagram.com/bontonstyle and Twitter.com/bonton

SOURCE Goodwill Industries International

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/CONTACT: Christine Hojnacki, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., Office (414) 347-5329, Cell (262) 378-9354, ?Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com; or Charlene Sarmiento, Goodwill Industries International, Office (240) 333-5590, Cell (240) 620-7703, charlene.sarmiento@goodwill.org

/Web Site: http://www.goodwill.org

CO: Goodwill Industries International; Bon-Ton

ST: Maryland

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