So many businesses may not survive the pandemic, even when they’re given the green light to reopen. Bay Area Goodwill stores aren’t immune.
Goodwill Industries receives eighty percent of its revenue through goods they sell at their California donation centers. With all their centers closed, their income is zero. Goodwill isn’t eligible for any kind of federal assistance because each store employs at least 500 people. William Rogers of Goodwill, San Francisco, says there’s a real possibility that some stores will close permanently, and that Goodwill will have to file for bankruptcy protection.
This comes at a time when donations of clothing, and other items to Goodwill have skyrocketed because of the additional time people have to clean out their closets.
The Salvation Army is still accepting donations, but with new rules designed to keep their staff safe. Employees at their donation stations will now wear masks, gloves, practice social distancing, and donated items will be stored in a separate area for at least 72 hours to allow any COVID-19 contamination to subside.
Jack Kulp and Carolyn McArdle talked about it on the air! Listen below...