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Goodwill donations skyrocket as more people clean out homes during lockdown

If anything good has come out of the coronavirus pandemic, it's that many people have spent their extra time at home cleaning out rooms and setting aside items to give to those in need.

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If anything good has come out of the coronavirus pandemic, it's that many people have spent their extra time at home cleaning out rooms and setting aside items to give to those in need.

"People, they can't go out and do yard sales and things like that or maybe they're deciding not to, so they have all this stuff that they've had plenty of time to clean out while they've been at home and they're bringing it to us and we are so grateful," said Amanda Edwards, vice president of marketing and development for Goodwill Industries of Alabama.

One donation site, which was closed for six weeks, had more than 400 donations over the weekend, Edwards added.

Since reopening, Goodwill stores in Alabama require masks, dressing rooms are closed and the donation process has changed.

"We are asking donors, stay in the car. We'll unload your donations and offer you a donation receipt so we can keep that safe distance," Edwards said.

Goodwill employees are also tracking when donations come in and labeling them.

"We put them aside so that we know how long it has been here in the building before we handle them," Edwards said. "Now when we get the donation from the donor, we're putting it in a container, we're dating it, we're putting it aside so we do not touch it for 24 to 48 hours."