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The Bag It Up for Goodwill Challenge

Start Donating on April 1st, 2018

to help your elementary school win a private performance with multi-platinum recording artist ANDY GRAMMER with hits including "Honey, I'm Good", "Keep Your Head Up" and his current smash "Smoke Clears". Prize also includes $1,000 in AMEX gift cards to support educational or athletic programs and NoRA's cupcakes for the entire school.

Elementary schools in Goodwill's service territory are invited into a friendly competition to donate the most items during the month of April 2018 (April 1- April 30). The school with the most items donated for the month wins the grand prize. Only donations made April 1, 2018 - April 30, 2018, count. See complete rules in FAQ's.

Goodwill reserves the right to change or alter this program at any time.

2018 Prizes

Grand Prize: Private performance with Andy Grammer, $1,000 and NoRA's cupcakes for the entire school!

2nd Prize $500
3rd Prize $250

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American Idol winner, Nick Fradiani, performed for 2017 Bag It Up winner - Hop Brook Elementary School.


The results for week 3 are in and tallied - Check to see where your school stands. Please note, this is the LAST UPDATE to the standings till the winner is announced.

Standings by Alphabetical Order

Standing by Totals

Getting involved is EASY:


Rally your school community to gather up gently used items no longer needed.


Find your nearest participating Goodwill location here.


Donate your items during the month of April to help your school WIN the ultimate prize.


Tell the Goodwill attendant that you are donating for the Bag It Up contest and fill out the donation slip with your school name!

Register Your School


What impact does the challenge have on our communities?
In 2017, over 3,000 people joined the challenge and donated during the month of April to support their local elementary schools. Approximately 119,000 thousand pounds or the equivalent of 59 tons of clothing and household items were donated and kept out of Connecticut landfills. That's enough to fill over five school buses! Goodwill was able to turn these donations into enough revenue to help 823 people with their job search needs and of those successfully helped 226 attain competitive employment to support themselves and their families.

Can my school participate?

Your school must be an elementary school AND fall within Goodwill's service territory. View the list of towns we serve here.

How are my school's donations counted?
When you make a donation at a participating donation location, tell the attendant you are making it on behalf of your school. You will be provided a donation slip to write your school name, city and indicate how many ITEMS you are donating. Get a head start. Print the form here and fill it out prior to making your donation.

What is the prize?
The school with the most items donated will receive a private performance by Andy Grammer, $1,000, and NoRA's cupcakes for the entire school. Second place receives $500 and third place receives $250.

Can we collect donations at my school?
Yes, you can. However, the items will need to be brought to a participating donation location, and a slip filled out for the donation to count. Goodwill cannot offer pickups of donations.

Where are your donation locations?
A complete list of Goodwill's donation locations can be found here.

What can we donate?
A complete list of items that can/cannot be accepted can be found here.

Do you have collateral we can use to promote the challenge to our school community?
Customizable Parent Letter - use to communicate to parents.
8.5x11 Flyer - post around school, include in a newsletter or use on social media.
Donation Slip - print and send home with students.
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What are the rules for the challenge?
The Bag It Up for Goodwill Donation Challenge runs from 4/1 – 4/30. The challenge is open to elementary schools only and schools must be located inside Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut (GWNCT) territory. Donations must be made at a participating GWNCT location. An event donation slip must be filled out and passed to the donation attendant at the time of donation. Donations without an accompanying slip cannot be counted in the challenge. Likewise, donation slips given after a donation cannot be counted. At the discretion of the attendant/manager, Goodwill reserves the right to verify and adjust numbers on the slip to ensure the most accurate counts. Throughout April, Goodwill will update to show the top performing schools. Winning schools will be announced on Wednesday, May 2. If the winning school cannot accommodate the entirety of the grand prize, it relinquishes eligibility to accept and the next school in line will be offered the opportunity to accept. During the event, cupcakes will be provided by NoRA’s Cupcake Company. Allergies cannot be accommodated for, and alternative treats are the sole responsibility of the school. Winning event will be filmed and photographed for promotional use. All approval/refusal for students and faculty to be captured on film or in photos is the sole responsibility of the school. The school must provide a separate area for students whose parents do not want their likeness captured in video or photographs. All monetary prizes are awarded in the form of AMEX gift cards. Gift cards will be mailed via FedEx and require signature by June 1 for second and third place prizes. Gift card for winning school will be delivered at the time of grand prize event. Materials for the challenge are available to download and use at Goodwill reserves the right to change or alter this challenge.

Other questions? Contact our coordinator Jeremy at 203-581-5051 or email

Goodwill is not responsible for any slips that are not received, are lost, or illegible. Management reserves the right to verify the number of items indicated by the donor on the submitted donation slip to ensure accurate counts for this challenge.