Goodwill asks public for help after massive fire destroys warehouse

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PHOENIX -- Goodwill of Central Arizona is turning to the public for help after a two-alarm fire ripped through one of their warehouses on July 31.

The clearance center and salvage operations at Goodwill's main campus near 16th and Van Buren streets were destroyed. Those buildings housed more 1,000 storage containers of donations.

While operations have continued, Goodwill is struggling to meet the needs of the public.

Because of that, the organization is asking vendors and communities for support in the form of material and cash donations. Those donations will help Goodwill maintain its 36 programs that focus on putting people to work locally.

As Javier Soto explains, the idea is to "Help Goodwill help you."

"I guess you could say that Goodwill now needs a 'hand up' to navigate this challenge and continue to move forward in support of our clients, customers and community," said Goodwill of Central Arizona president and CEO Jim Teter on the organization's website. "We realize that with the economy, the extent of your assistance is limited, but we truly appreciate any support you can give."

For more information on Goodwill's needs and how you can help, visit Goodwill of Central Arizona's website.

The cause of the devastating fire is still under investigation.