WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek and Harrison Central high schools are facing off this week for a good cause by collecting items for Goodwill Industries, according to school officials.
For the second consecutive year, the schools are participating in the Goodwill Drive to Victory, which is sponsored by WVU Medicine at Reynolds Memorial and Wheeling Hospitals.
Donations may be dropped off at designated trailers situated near the transportation building on the ICHS campus in Wintersville and in the HCHS parking lot in Cadiz from Monday through Friday with Goodwill volunteers on hand Monday to Thursday from 7 am to 3 pm and Friday from 7 am to noon.
The charity is accepting clothing, shoes, purses, pots and pans, furniture, seasonal decor, small appliances and kitchen gadgets under 25 pounds.
Goodwill will not accept large appliances, baby items such as furniture and car seats, auto parts, large/bulky items from swing sets to mattresses, hazardous materials and household chemicals, weapons, building and plumbing materials, damaged or dirty furniture, CRT TV’s, lightbulbs, prescriptions, food or trash.
Information is available online at www.goodwillgoodskills.org.
Colleen Porter, community material donations manager, said the event ties into the Redskins and Huskies’ football matchup on Friday, and donations support 28 local outreach programs. In addition, the winning school has a chance to win a $250 scholarship for school programs.
“At the end of the week, we’ll take the trailers parked at the schools and weigh them. The trailer with the higher weight will receive $250,” porter said.
“The donations are sold in our retail stores, and the funds go directly to Goodwill’s outreach programs that help people right in the community,” she added.
Goodwill supports adult literacy, employment, rape crisis and emergency voucher programs in the area, according to Porter, who noted this marks the fourth year for the entire campaign.
“We actually borrowed the idea from a Goodwill system in Dayton that’s done it for 20 years. It’s a friendly way to compete and match up area schools against each other, and we thought it would be a fun way to help the community at the same time.”
Indian Creek and Harrison raised a combined total of 10,554 pounds of items last year, and when she contacted officials for a second contest they immediately stepped up to help. In addition to those schools, others that have taken part in the drive include Steubenville, Catholic Central and Weir high schools.
ICHS Principal Louie Retton rallied the troops and said the Indian Creek community has always come together for a cause.
“I think it’s a great program, and people will participate, and knowing it’s staying locally is an added bonus,” Retton added. “I think Indian Creek will be very well represented because our people are very generous. They go out of their way to help, and I think we’ll do well.”
HCHS Head Principal Ken Parker said Harrison Central and its school community were up for the challenge and offered some friendly fighting words to generate support. Harrison not only won last year’s contest but earned the overall title and garnered a total of $750 for the school. Parker was looking for another win.
“We had fun last year and are looking for another sweep,” Parker said. “We want to defend that title. We make all calls and get the community excited. Hopefully, we’ll do well. It’s all in fun and for a good cause.”