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Letters: Goodwill donations make a big impact on Charleston community

Goodwill letters

In 2020, donations to Palmetto Goodwill stores helped more than 16,000 people, placed 2,500 in jobs and trained another 6,000.

As we enter the holiday season, many of us will gather with families and friends and express gratitude for all the good things in our lives.

At Palmetto Goodwill, we will look back at 2021 and be grateful for seeing the best in people through their kindness and generosity to others even amid extraordinarily difficult times.

We are thankful for our donors and supporters because you are helping us make a meaningful impact in the lives of our neighbors.

Donations of clothing and household items to Palmetto Goodwill mean jobs.

Ninety cents out of every dollar raised from the sale of things you used to love are used to provide job training and placement, support services and education to people so they can live the life they want.

In 2020 alone, donations made to our stores helped 16,142 people across 18 counties in South Carolina, placed 2,565 people in jobs and trained another 6,033.

Training leads to good wages.

We offer training in welding, HVAC and many other industry-recognized IT certifications.

Donations are creating sustainable jobs and a sustainable planet.

Thanks to your support, our recycling and reuse programs diverted more than 13 million pounds of discarded items from landfills.

We are proud of these accomplishments and sincerely appreciate all who have championed our mission to change lives and build a stronger community.

After all, everyone deserves an opportunity to thrive.

BRIAN ITZKOWITZ

President and CEO

Palmetto Goodwill

North Charleston

Biking community

In his Nov. 3 column, Brian Hicks wrote about marginalized bicyclists and pedestrians advocating for public road amenities.

In years past, poor minorities who only rode bikes or walked were blocked by road design.

This disenfranchised and marginalized people by forcing them to the sides of the roads.

The “Wonders Way” bicycle path on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River was pushed by the bike community.

Garrett Wonders, who was killed in 2004 while riding his bicycle, taught me “We only control our response to bad drivers.”

Unfortunately, the lane on the bridge was tacked on the outside of the diamond structure as an afterthought. It is named in his memory.

An exit ramp from Interstate 26 at Rutledge Avenue is close to Hampton Park. Traffic seems to race around Mary Murray Drive, the 1-mile loop around the park.

In 2012, I proposed using one lane around the park for recreation in memory of my friend, Edwin Gardner, who was killed while riding his bicycle in 2010.

“Hampton Park Gardner’s Way” has been a lifesaver and life changer for many.

F.X. CLASBY

Charleston

Union’s bad move

With the International Longshoremen’s Association holding hostage our new $2 billion port terminal, is it any wonder why South Carolinians aren’t big on unions?

KURTIS KENDLE

Isle of Palms

Economic illiteracy

It seems as if the Biden administration misunderstood economics when the president asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate gasoline prices.

According to Fox Business News, Bloomberg host Tom Keene recently noted America’s rising gas prices and asked Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm what the plan is to increase oil production in America.

Granholm immediately began laughing. “That is hilarious,” she said. “Would that I had the magic wand on this.”

The question itself was probably rhetorical, but the reply less so.

Governments cannot on their own overrule supply versus demand.

The two feeble attempts to demand that OPEC+ nations increase their production while hobbling ours were absurd.

Add the mournful climate change wailing at COP26 and all we’re left with is an administration led by economic illiterates.

Down the rabbit hole we go.

WOODY RASH

Charleston

Shining example

At the end of Saturday’s ABC World News Tonight broadcast, anchor David Muir reported about a deaf football team in Riverside, California, that was named Persons of the Week.

Not only are all the players deaf, but the coaches are as well. Coach Keith Odom has led the Cubs to 12 straight wins and a division championship.

This victory was the first in the school’s 68-year history. All of the wins have been against teams where students and coaches could hear.

After the championship win, one player signed, “Deaf people can do anything!”

What a shining example of actions that speak louder than words.

PATTI ROUSE

Awendaw

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