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2005: Jalen Donates 100 New Coats to Goodwill Drive

June 24, 2008

coatdrive_sm1.JPGTORONTO (Jan. 25, 2005) — Goodwill is pleased to announce its second
annual Winter Clothing Donation Drive in partnership with the Toronto
Raptors Basketball Club and Air Canada Centre.

Donations of coats, jackets, sweaters, winter shoes, boots and gloves
will be collected from fans prior to the Toronto Raptors home game on
Sunday, January 30, 2005 versus the Phoenix Suns. Goodwill volunteers
and the Lady Raptors will accept donations at all Air Canada Centre
gate entrances.

"By donating gently used clothing and household items to Goodwill,
individuals are helping to make a difference in our community," said
Ken Connelly, President and CEO of Goodwill. "Every donation made
during the drive supports Goodwill’s goal of creating healthier,
stronger communities by providing work access to people facing
employment barriers."

Toronto Raptors guard/forward Jalen Rose is serving as this year’s
official Raptors spokesperson during the Goodwill Winter Clothing Drive
and he is predicting that Toronto fans will be generous again this year
in donating much-needed clothing.

"The Raptors are excited to partner with Goodwill and assist in the
Winter Clothing Donation Drive," said Rose, who is kicking off the 2005
campaign by personally donating 100 new winter coats. "The campaign is
a great way to give back to the Toronto community and raise awareness
about the need for winter clothing donations."

ABOUT GOODWILL: Goodwill is a Canadian registered charity that has been
in operation since 1935. Goodwill operates over 45 retail outlets and
donation centers throughout Greater Toronto, Central and Eastern
Ontario. Each year, Goodwill receives an estimated 25 million pounds of
reusable clothing, household items and furniture from the communities
in which it operates. This allows the organization to offer work
opportunities and skills development to people facing barriers to
employment. For more information on Goodwill, please visit our website
at www.goodwill.on.ca.