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By Al Everson
posted Dec 10, 2013 - 4:19:05pm
Goodwill Industries will set up a donation center at a shopping plaza in Deltona.
The drive-up donation site will be in a building, formerly used as a branch bank, on an outparcel of the Deltona Landings Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Doyle Road and Providence Boulevard. The donation center will not include a retail store.
The City Commission unanimously approved the Goodwill's proposal last month, after the charity agreed to police the site and prevent the scattering of donated items.
"I have a real concern about what could happen out there at that site," said Mayor John Masiarczyk, referring to the donation drop boxes that may be placed on the property.
Goodwill Industries' attorney, Shannon Hoagland, promised the donation site will be carefully monitored.
"We have video cameras in place," she told the City Commission at its Nov. 18 meeting. "It keeps people from dumping."
Goodwill Industries will employ people to receive the donations.
"It will be manned from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.," said Victoria Gonzalez, Goodwill's director of donor services, adding the facility will be open seven days a week.
In fact, Gonzalez said, the donation center will bring five jobs to Deltona. The donation center will probably open in January, she noted.
The building, she explained, is capable of receiving large goods, such as furniture and appliances, as well as clothing, shoes, toys, and household items. The items donated at the Deltona site will be taken to the Goodwill Industries store in Orange City for display and sale, Gonzalez said.
Even so, commissioners wondered if the Goodwill donation site could become an eyesore.
"People can toss stuff all over the place there," said Commissioner Heidi Herzberg.
"The only way I will vote for this is, if they commit to that this place will not look trashy," Vice Mayor Zenaida Denizac said.
"We don't want to look trashy," agreed Hoagland.
In response to Commissioner Webster Barnaby's call for Goodwill Industries to "help the homeless in Deltona," Hoagland promised her client will work to assist people in need.
"We do partner with a lot of organizations," she said.
Gonzalez said the proceeds from the sales of items sold in Goodwill Industries' stores go to aid those out of work.
"Our mission is to help people find jobs," she told The Beacon. "Last year, we placed 5,313 people in our six-county area."
That area served by Goodwill Industries of Central Florida includes Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Lake and Volusia counties.
"All of our services are free," Gonzalez said.
The City Commission voted 7-0 in favor of the Goodwill Industries proposal, which took the form of an amendment of the Deltona Landings business planned-unit development (BPUD).
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