Goodwill needs donations to help vandalized store

UNION TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The re-opening of the Goodwill store off Commercial Avenue near I-275 in Clermont County has been delayed until the end of the month due to a lack of donations.

The store was broken into and set on fire early in the morning on January 26. Union Township Police arrested and charged two 21-year-olds with four felonies each. A then-current employee, Thomas Gaffney and a former worker, Christopher Fairchild, were charged with Breaking and Entering, Safe Cracking, Vandalism and Arson.

Police suspect the two attempted to break into the safe and after finding their venture unsuccessful decided to set the office on fire. Most of the charitable donations to the store were destroyed either by vandalism or by the sprinkler system which was automatically set off by the smoke.

The store is one of the busiest Goodwill stores in the Greater Cincinnati Area, which has seen five other stores broken into in the last year and a half. It is now accepting donations at any other Goodwill location.

If you wish to donate your items to the Beechmont Store location, you need to specify it when dropping off items. Goodwill depends on donations of clothing, furniture and household items. In turn, it sells the items at a reduced price.

The sales manager for the Ohio Valley region, Ann Walters, says the store is ruined and is dependent on people donating items again.

"We don't want your money, we want the stuff you don't want," she said.

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