Sullinger, Greater Boston Communities Provide at Goodwill Clothing Drive

BOSTON – In 1902, a social visionary founded Goodwill Industries in the city of Boston. It has since grown to become a renowned national brand focused on enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families.

Current Celtics forward Jared Sullinger is no stranger to the benefits the resources Goodwill Industries provides to the communities it serves.

“Growing up, I was a Goodwill shopper; this organization has always had a special place in my heart,” said Sullinger on Thursday evening, as he hosted his third annual clothing drive in partnership with the Boston Celtics to benefit Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries.

The forward took to social media, news, radio and print outlets to challenge Celtics fans to donate seven or more gently used clothing items for a chance to meet him, receive an autographed photo and a pair of tickets to an upcoming Celtics game.

Fans lined up outside Goodwill headquarters for the better part of the afternoon, braving the harsh winter weather conditions in anticipation of Sullinger’s arrival, ready to do their part in helping to support a great cause.

The drive tipped off with Sullinger delivering a personal donation; then one-by-one, donation bins quickly filled up from the outpour of support from the Greater Boston community.

“It has become a wonderful tradition,” said Joanne Hilferty, the president and CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries.

“What we find particularly inspirational is that Jared has picked something that children can do to support those in need. It is something that is important to him, but he is teaching so many children that they can give something and help someone.”

Sullinger even upped the stakes this year by rewarding the top three donors of the evening with exclusive Celtics experiences.

Lindsay Gray from the Lighthouse School (Chelmsford, Mass.) took home the grand prize: a private skills clinic to be hosted by Sullinger at the Celtics’ training facility. Her school accumulated more than 3,170 pounds of clothing.

In addition, the Woburn and Milford communities each received a trophy visit at a local school for their impressive donations.

At the end of the evening, a total of 10,707 pounds of clothing was collected to help support Goodwill Boston.

When asked how he felt about making such an overwhelming impact, Sullinger smiled.

“It is not my event or Goodwill’s event,” he said. “This night is the community’s event. We did this together.”

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