Goody's plays important role for area non-profits

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Goody’s Family Clothing chain has been a staple in East Tennessee for years -- from clothing for your family to fundraising efforts for several charities.

Over the years you've been able to swing by your neighborhood Goody's not only shop for your family, but to give back to numerous charities the chain works with. Many of those charities say they need the financial support to keep coming in.

Hospital beds are surrounded by what can be scary machines for a child, but they are a life-saving part of the pediatric intensive care unit at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

The unit is named after Goody's for one of their many contributions to the hospital.

Hospital spokesperson Ellen Liston says, “From sales in their stores where they would sell balloons for a dollar at a time to corporate sponsorships."

The hospital has a no-child-will-be-turned-away policy, but they say that would not be possible without corporate sponsors like Goody's Family Clothing.

Liston says, “To know that those people are not only raising money for you but also giving of their time to help us meet our goals and meet our mission of serving all the children in this area."

Other children in the region benefit from the corporation through the Boys and Girls Club where thousands of dollars have been directed for kids to have a safe and fun environment.

Ernie Brooks with the Girls and Boys Clubs of the Tennessee Valley says, “They have been involved in our capital campaign in the past and currently involved in the great Knoxville Rubber Duck Race as a presenting sponsor and they've done that the last 4 years."

But it's not just the region's youth that Goody’s has helped over the years. They are also one of the big sponsors of Boomsday -- the annual Labor Day event that is free to hundreds of thousands of people.

Boomsday organizer Archie Ellis with the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation says, It's very important because it's a quality of life issue for this community, Boomsday started out just a small little festival with a few fireworks on Labor Day weekend."

Many people consider their local Goody's store more of a neighbor, and some organizations and businesses the corporation donates to say they consider them friends.

The Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation's Boomsday director says Goody’s is still scheduled to be a sponsor for this year's event.

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