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The Bag It Up for Goodwill Challenge

Start Donating on April 1st, 2018

for a chance to win the ultimate prize, including $1,000 for your elementary 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 an exciting prize and $1,000 in AMEX gift cards. Use the winnings to support educational or athletic programs! Only donations made April 1, 2018 - April 30, 2018, count. Winning event to take place between May 7th - June 4th. See rules in FAQ's.

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

2018 Prizes:

$1,000, NoRA's cupcakes for the entire school and more!
2nd Prize $500

3rd Prize $250

Register Your School

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

Getting involved is EASY:


Gather up gently used items you no longer need.


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


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 an awesome set of prizes! (2018 prizes TBA)

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. (Will be available in March.)
8.5x11 Flyer - post around school, include in a newsletter or use on social media. (Will be available in March.)
Donation Slip - print and send home with students.
Social Media Posts - post these to get your friends and family involved. (Will be available in March.)

What are the rules for the challenge?
The Bag It Up for Goodwill Donation Challenge runs from 4/1 – 4/30. Challenge is for elementary schools only. Schools must be located inside Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut territory. Donations must be made at a participating Goodwill location. A donation slip must be filled out and passed to the 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. Throughout the month of April, Goodwill will update to show top performing schools. Winning schools will be announced as of May 10. The 2018 Grand prize event dates are TBA. Should the winning school not be able to accommodate during that time period the school relinquishes eligibility to accept the grand prize and next school in line will be offered the opportunity to accept. 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. 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 time of grand prize event. Materials for the challenge are available to download and use on this page.

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.