A big THANK YOU to our friends at Regions Bank!

Our very good friends from Regions Bank stopped by last week to once again show their support of our mission for a check presentation for Goodwill Easterseals’ part in the “What A Difference A Day Makes” contest. Thank you to Brian Willman and his team at Regions for continuing to help strengthen families and support individuals on the Gulf Coast. Your unflagging support has been a steady and lasting example of what kindness can do right here at home.

Frank Harkins, Goodwill Easterseals, and Brian Willman, Regions Bank

Frank Harkins, Goodwill Easterseals, and Brian Willman, Regions Bank

#GoodwillDate CHALLENGE TIME: $10 per outfit = an awkwardly hilarious date night


Original photo courtesy of Cody Andrews

Have you heard about ‪#‎GoodwillDate? (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/couple-turns-goodwill-date-hashtag/story?id=33746771).

A Florida couple, Paula Williams and Cody Andrews, bought each other outfits for $10 each and wore them on a date without telling anybody it was a joke. What started as a donating and shopping trip to our Fort Walton Beach store has now turned into viral hastag. 

So now it’s our turn to keep the fun going…


The rules are:

1. LIKE US on Facebook: Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast and/or FOLLOW US on Instagram: @GoodwillEasterSealsGulfCoast
2. Each person can only spend $10 on gender-appropriate clothes for their significant other or friend.
3. Go out on a date wearing the outfits! Don’t tell anybody it’s a joke, it’s more fun that way. 
4. SHARE the photo by posting on Facebook and/or Instagram with the hashtags #GoodwillDate and ‪#‎GESGoodwillDate (MAKE SURE you use the second hashtag, otherwise we won’t know it’s for the contest). Don’t forget to tag us in the photo!
5. GET LIKES! That’s how you win!
6. ***Optional*** DONATE the clothing back to us, and help more people on the Gulf Coast find their brighter futures!

Winners will be chosen based on the most combined likes from Facebook and Instagram. Only one photo will be counted in the contest (a photo grid is fine, but please only enter one photo with the #GESGoodwillDate hashtag). Each person can enter individually, or you can post one photo of both of you to increase your likes and share the prize!

The top three winners will receive:

1st Place: $150 Goodwill Easterseals Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $100 Goodwill Easterseals Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $50 Goodwill Easterseals Gift Certificate

Can you imagine how many GoodwillDates you could go on with $150? The contest ends at midnight on Friday, October 16th. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 19th.

“You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.”

See that quote in the title? Winston Churchill once said that. He may have actually been talking about this guy we know named Bernard.

See the photo of the guy on the right? That’s BVolunteer 2ernard.

Bernard Heyward, also known as “Ice,” is originally from the Bronx. He came to Florida after serving nine years in the Air Force. Bernard is now a volunteer with our program called Legacy Corps. He gives a lot of time to Goodwill Easterseals, but more importantly, he gives a lot of time to other human beings. This is his story.

Before we tell it, here’s some background on Legacy Corps: Goodwill Easterseals has a partnership with AmeriCorps funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service and administered by the University of Maryland. The Legacy Corps program recruits and trains volunteers to provide weekly respite relief to families of veterans in the Florida Panhandle. It gives the caregiver a break and allows time for errands, date nights, or just some time off while trying to keep the veteran in their own home as long as possible. The volunteers receive a monthly stipend for travel, and if they are interested in receiving an education award (worth over $1,400), they must give a minimum of 450 hours per year.

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