Daydreaming about warmer days, summer celebrations and family and friends

Celebrate our heroes

Most of us sheltering at home spend a lot of time daydreaming about warmer days, summer celebrations and family and friends gathered for a backyard barbecue.

As usual, Goodwill can provide simple, thrifty and inventive ways to help.

While Goodwill stores are closed, shopping is easy and convenient through our online platform at — the first e-commerce auction platform created, owned and operated by a nonprofit. Today, more than 130 Goodwill organizations from across the country list and auction unique items on the site.

Browsing here is “guilt-free retail therapy,” knowing every purchase supports job training programs and promotes reuse, keeping items out of landfills and reducing the need for scarce natural resources.

Celebrate our heroes

The last weekend in May, America will celebrate Memorial Day, acknowledging the heroes we have lost during combat over the many years of our nation’s history.

Thankfully, you can easily find red, white and blue decor that will brighten up your home for a barbecue — while not breaking the bank to do it. From Americana tiki torches, to kids pinwheels and dinnerware stamped with the stars and stripes, you can let your imagination loose online.

One of the most widely observed traditions of Memorial Day is to decorate the graves of soldiers. A simple flag is statement enough, and Goodwill has you covered there. But a simple word search will bring up hundreds of ideas that may lead to the perfect graveside honor.

Finally, as the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day attire needs to be relaxed and free. Online you will find plenty of patriotic clothing in just the right shades of red, white and blue.

Gather around the barbecue

Grilling has become an obsession for most of us. But remember, you don’t have to go overboard to have a great, low-budget barbecue that will surely impress your family and friends.

From outdoor decorating to all the proper barbecue implements, Goodwill has what you need!

Here are some tips on how to have a fun-filled, cost effective BBQ bash.

  • Decorations don’t have to cost a fortune. If you want to spice up your party with some festive decor, get creative. For example, a Mason jar can easily be transformed into a hanging lantern, thanks to a solar light, a glue gun and some wire. Just Google it!
  • Don’t get too fancy on the accessories. Grilling experts say all you need is a meat thermometer and a good pair of tongs. Goodwill shoppers have also found amazing deals on new grills. And don’t forget to browse the book section to pick up some grilling tips in the perfect cookbook.
  • You may be surprised at the quality of Goodwill’s outdoor dinnerware, flatware and shatterproof glasses. Available both new and gently used, you can set a beautiful table for just a few dollars.

Summer is right around the corner, and better days are ahead. In the meantime, let’s all stay safe and vigilant, but also positive and hopeful. Remember, it’s OK to let our minds wander a bit!