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Goodwill Store Receives Grenade As Donation

| by Sheena Vasani

A Wisconsin Goodwill store received three hand grenades as a donation on March 19.

The store in Franklin promptly called police to investigate while employees had to evacuate the building, reports Inquisitr.

Authorities worried the grenades were live and could be detonated purposefully or accidentally. When it was confirmed they were inert and harmless, employees were allowed back into the store.

Given the grenades were not dangerous, police say they assume the donation was not meant to harm or frighten people.

Goodwill says that while donations are appreciated, it does not accept weapons of any kind.

This is not the first time Goodwill stores have captured national attention for unusual donations.

Every year around Valentine's Day, Goodwill launches a campaign called “Donate Your Ex’s Stuff,” which encourages the heartbroken to donate their former love’s things.

“Break-ups are never easy -- it is important to get rid of the items that keep exes stuck in the past, releasing the emotional and actual baggage that keeps them from moving on to new and better days,” it wrote in a February 3, 2016 press release.

“When someone donates to Goodwill, they aren’t just cleansing the hurt of a failed relationship -- these [items] will be sold in Goodwill’s retail stores, and support our programs to help those with barriers to employment to receive training and mentorship, and find jobs,” explained Goodwill Manasota Foundation Vice President Veronica Brandon Miller.

The tongue-in-cheek campaign has been a hit so far with many finding it an empowering experience.

“We kind of had a tough breakup because it’s distance and we didn’t want to break up but we had too,” Amanda Emory said, reports Fox News.

“I was thinking, if I donate this really cute teddy bear, somebody will want to buy it for their girlfriend or boyfriend, or their mom or dad will want to buy it for their kids,” she said. “I think it will be in much better hands.”

Sources: Inquisitr, Goodwill, Fox News / Photo credit: HEAT

 

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