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Good to Go drop-off donation event set for Jan. 18
January 11, 2019

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Lee County government is collaborating with Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida for Good to Go, a drive-up, drop-off and drive-away donation event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, at the Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers.

The event is open to the public; donations are welcome. This is the fourth time the county has partnered in this successful event.

Donations of new or gently used clothing and household goods can be brought to the downtown Fort Myers library drop-off point; enter at Richmond Street on the south side of the library between Lee Street and Royal Palm Avenue.

In addition to household donations, Goodwill will provide a secure document drop-off bin for those who need documents shredded. A prescription drug drop-off is also part of the event. Individuals can get rid of unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications at the same location for proper disposal.

It is crucial to dispose of unused and expired prescriptions in a responsible and safe way. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, 66 percent of those abusing prescription opiates get them from family or friends. In addition, if flushed down a drain, medications can also end up in local waterways. The Fort Myers Police Department will collect the prescriptions to be destroyed.

Donations for Lee County Domestic Animal Services will be accepted at the event. Suggested donation items include blankest, sheets and towels. Other items include dry and canned dog and cat food, cat litter, 13- and 15-gallon trash bags, small dog biscuits, bleach wipes, facial tissue, paper towels and bleach. Also requested are Nylabones, a brand-specific chew toy for dogs.

Good to Go is designed to make it easy for people to donate by offering a drive-thru experience. Drivers will not need to get out of their vehicle.

This one-day event is part of Lee County's commitment to United Way and its partnering agencies. Donations go toward helping people with economic disadvantages who are veterans and residents of Lee County. Each donation is turned into vouchers, based on weight, to benefit the clients of Human & Veteran Services. The donations also assist Goodwill with its mission to help people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering employment opportunities.

Although all household goods and gently used clothing will be accepted, some items will not be taken, including mattresses and box springs, televisions, which can be left at home for curbside pickup. Household supplies that constitute hazardous materials, such as paint, can be taken to another Lee County site: Solid Waste's Household Chemical Waste Collection Facility, 6441 Topaz Court, Fort Myers. Call 239-533-8000.

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