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Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida is excited to present our 13th Annual Festival of Trees, an annual fundraiser that has become a holiday tradition in Southwest Florida for thousands of families. 

Throughout the event, the Festival of Trees is open to the public to view and buy raffle tickets for their favorite tree or trees. On the last day of the event, we pick one winning ticket from each tree raffle box. The trees are then carefully wrapped up with all their gifts and goodies and delivered to the winner’s home. 


Held annually at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (2301 First Street) in the historic Fort Myers River District, our festival has something for everyone.

Festival admission is only $2.00 for visitors age 12-up.

You Could WIN a Tree!

Nearly every tree at this year's Festival of Trees is available in our 20198 Tree Raffle!  Festival visitors will have an opportunity to win one (or more) of our trees-- and all of their beautiful decorations and gifts, too!  
Click here for more details, including contest rules.


Congratualtions to our 2019 Raffle Tree Winners!

Tree #1    Charlotte Sun - Frozen - Cindy Gossett
Tree #2    Costco Wholesale - A Frosty Holiday - Ruben
Tree #3    Grandeur - Grandeur's Retro Glam Christmas - Nancy Healey
Tree #4    Sun Harvest - Shirley Thomas
Tree #5    LCEC - A Toast to the Holidays - Angie & Walt Nelson
Tree #6    Calusa Harbour - Home for the Holidays - Sheila Morin
Tree #7    Norris Furniture & Interiors - There's Snow Place like Hom - Lisa Hower
Tree #8    Holly Jolly Home Run - Holly Jolly Home Run Christmas - Lana Vail
Tree #9    B&I Contractors - Fireside Holiday - Kim Denison
Tree #10  Chico's FAS - Celebrate the Night in Black & White - Lindsay Wolcott
Tree #11  Gateway Charter - Candy Land - Jade Sack
Tree #12  Key West Express - Yuletide in Yesterdays - Deb Boedicker
Tree #14  Happy HoHoHolidays Wreath - Greg Newman
Tree #15  Deerly Christmas Wreath -  Al Dirth
Tree #16  He's a Travelin' Man Basket - Michael Joy
Tree #17  Pampered & Pretty Basket - Diana Kozma
Tree #18  She Shed Supplies Basket - Debbie Gradishar
Tree #19  Children at Play Basket - John Correa
Tree #20  Kitchen Magician Basket  - Paula Myers
Tree #21  Sea Bubbles Basket - Debbie Gradishar
Tree #22  Mouse Club Basket - Brenda Haven
Tree #23  Wired for the Holidays Basket - Maureen Laroche
Tree #24  Sip, Sip, Hooray! Basket - Helen Bowen
Tree #25  Santa's Charm Basket - Sherry Meade

You voted for your favorite Tree and here are the results:

Mayor's Choice: Calusa Harbour's Home for the Holidays

Best All-around: Calusa Harbour

Most Traditional: Calusa Harbour

Most Creative: LCEC A Toast to the Holidays (Wine Tree)

2016 Festival of Trees: (YouTube Clip) Thank you - Daniel Terrero

The Festival of Trees Benefits:

Our Host:

SWFL Goodwill Foundation         






Touch Lives with Fort Myers, Florida Car Donations

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Participating in Goodwill’s Fort Myers, Florida car donations program is a great way to give back to your community. You have no idea how much of an impact your car donation will make on those whose chances of enjoying a better quality of life have been limited because of various barriers to opportunities.

Giving your car away to us may also be the most convenient and cost-free way for you to get your hands off your unwanted vehicle.

Before you decide to keep your beater until it rots away in your backyard, or before you go on with your plan to sell it, consider hitting the brakes and giving us a chance to give you more information about Goodwill Car Donations and our car donation program.

Why Go for Fort Myers, Florida Car Donations?

Goodwill organizations have been operating for over 100 years, consistently assisting communities and disadvantaged individuals in their attempt to enhance their dignity and quality of life. Over time, we have proven ourselves to the world that we’re a reliable 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. One of our platforms for raising funds to reach our goal of eliminating poverty across the United States is Goodwill Car Donations through its Fort Myers, Florida car donations program.

By donating your unwanted beater, you can help us deliver much-needed assistance for underprivileged Americans by offering them job training and mentoring programs, employment services, critical community-building support, and more. Today, think about making a difference in the lives of others by calling 866-233-8586!

What You’ll Enjoy Out of Your Own Donation

In case you haven’t heard, joining Fort Myers, Florida car donations would position you to reap several awesome rewards! Take a look at these:

Getting rid of a car would mean shelling out a certain amount of cash to get that car towed. When you donate your car to us, we’ll arrange for a licensed towing company to pick up your car and haul it off at no cost to you!

  • You won’t have to repair or repaint your car.

It’s not easy to dispose of an old car that doesn’t run anymore because you’ll have to spend plenty of money to make necessary improvements to make it more sellable like having it repaired and repainted. The good news is, we’ll take your car as it is – whether running or otherwise!

  • Eliminate additional expenses.

Do you really want to go on spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on maintenance, insurance, and registration for a car you barely even use?

  • Enjoy an IRS tax deduction.

After closing the resale of your donated vehicle, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt where you can base your tax deduction claim in filing your next itemized federal income tax return. The amount that you may deduct from your taxable income can be the actual selling price of your vehicle or its fair market value depending on certain conditions. If you want more information about this, we suggest that you consult a tax professional.

  • Help make a difference in other people’s lives.

Isn’t it amazing how an old car can help transform countless communities? With just one cashless donation, you’ll not only rid yourself of an unwanted vehicle at your convenience, you’ll also make a valuable contribution to your city!

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Other Vehicles Are Welcome, Too!

With Fort Myers, Florida car donations, you can donate almost any type of vehicle! We’ll only require for you to present your proof of ownership so that we could sell it. Multiple donations are very much appreciated as well.

Here’s a list of vehicles that we’ll gladly receive:

  • Fleet cars, passenger vans, cargo vans, SUVs, pickups, trucks, buses
  • Cars, vans, SUVs (sport utility vehicles), trucks, motorcycles, scooters, cruisers
  • Recreational vehicles (RVs), motorhomes, campers, travel trailers, pop-up trailers, 5-wheelers
  • ATVs, snowmobiles, motorized wheelchairs, riding lawn mowers, 4x4s, tractors, farm equipment
  • Sailboats, motorboats, fishing boats, yachts, pontoon boats, houseboats, personal watercraft (i.e. jet skis)

How to Donate

Donating through Goodwill Car Donations is as easy as 1,2,3! You don’t even have to leave your house for it! Here is the step-by-step process:

  1. Contact us!

You can give us a quick call at 866-233-8586 or visit us online to fill out our donation form. This will take just about five minutes or less of your time. All we’ll need from you are the following details:

  • Vehicle information (make and model, year, mileage, VIN, general condition)
  • Contact information (name, email address, and phone number)
  • Your vehicle title (If in case you have misplaced or have issues with your title, just call us and we’ll promptly assist you with your concern.)
  1. Schedule your car’s FREE pick up!

After scheduling your vehicle’s pickup at a time and date most convenient for you, a professional towing company will come to tow your donated vehicle for FREE. You don’t have to worry because we are affiliated with some of the best professional towing companies in the country, and we can guarantee a seamless transaction. Plus, we can pick up your vehicle from any location of your choice within the country!

  1. Enjoy a hefty tax deduction!

Within days after the sale of your vehicle, we’ll send you via mail your 100-percent tax-deductible sales receipt. You’ll need this document in claiming your tax deduction when you file your federal income tax return in the next tax-filing season.

Start Touching Lives Today!

Contact us at 866-233-8586. Take part in our Fort Myers, Florida car donations fundraiser and get a maximum tax deduction!

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Goodwill Fort Myers in Fort Myers, Florida

Popularity:#6 of 13 Goodwill Stores in Fort Myers#23 of 32 Goodwill Stores in Lee County#413 of 575 Goodwill Stores in Florida#4,614 in Goodwill Stores

Goodwill Fort Myers Contact Information

Address, Phone Number, and Hours for Goodwill Fort Myers, a Goodwill, at McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers FL.

Goodwill Fort Myers
15165 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, Florida, 33908
Mon-Sat 9:00 AM-6:00 PM; Sun 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

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About Goodwill Fort Myers

Goodwill Fort Myers, located in Fort Myers, FL, is a branch location of Goodwill Industries International, Inc., a charitable non-profit organization. Goodwill's mission is to help individuals with disabilities and others facing barriers to employment. Goodwill offers multiple programs to help individuals reach their full potential and increase their self-sufficiency. Dating back to 1902, Goodwill has also collected donated clothing and household goods for resale at its Goodwill Stores. These stores train and hire impoverished workers.

You may contact Goodwill for questions about:
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  • Fort Myers Job placement and training programs
  • Financial coaching
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In the Know: Goodwill opening two new Fort Myers stores with prime real estate

When I think of Goodwill, I think of an off-the-beaten-path thrift store.

Maybe it’s in a strip mall, like the one at 15271 McGregor Blvd., at McGregor Point Shopping Center, a plaza that had seen better days but has been rejuvenated by what I call “Thrift Store Row.”

But with the planned openings of two new Goodwill stores on prime Fort Myers real estate, my perception has changed. Goodwill seems like a juggernaut, and it’s a lot more than just a thrift store.

On June 9, Goodwill is celebrating the grand opening of its newest store at 5120 S. Cleveland Ave. It opened Wednesday in 7,900 square feet fronting U.S. 41, where an estimated 40,000 vehicles pass by every day.

The location had been a Halloween superstore and tattoo parlor that closed last year after the COVID-19 pandemic began. In the 1990s and early 2000s, it had been Prime Time Video.

Tacy Laffoon shops at the newly opened Goodwill store on Cleveland Avenue across from Page Field Commons on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

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Goodwill had a store about a half mile south at Page Point Plaza for a few years until the lease renewal negotiations broke down.

“Thanks to partners who develop for us, know our mission and our vision, we have been able to acquire nice real estate leases at rates we can afford,” said Debra Donatto, communications manager for Goodwill of Southwest Florida, which serves Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties.

In addition to 27 thrift stores across the region, Goodwill also employs about 800 people. It helps people with job searches, resume coaching and small business training programs.

Trinity Commercial Group negotiates Goodwill’s leases in the area.

“Not only does it have a great location for visibility, but it’s also super convenient for people to be able to drop off their donations,” Donatto said. “Providing assessable donations is an important part of our business model. Like McDonald’s, people probably won’t drive eight miles for a burger, but they will go if they are right there and available.”

Rebranded new Goodwill store opening downtown

The Boutique on First, located at 2401 First St., will be branded to “Blue” and relocated only a few dozen feet west to 2285 First St., the eastern corner of what’s known as the Bradford Block.

The Florida Repertory Theatre bought the block for $15 million in 2019.

More:Florida Rep buys Arcade Theatre, 'Bradford block' for $15 million in downtown Fort Myers

Re/Max real estate had been in that corner but relocated, leaving the spot vacant for the past nine months.

“Goodwill owns the condo where our existing Boutique on First is located,” Donatto said. “Since the demand for housing in that area has increased, and the old Re/Max location has not been desirable for other businesses, we will be able to lease out the existing owned space for about the same rent as the new space.”

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida CEO John Nadeau and COO Doug Stewart have been watching market trends and projections to position area Goodwill stores to where the market is moving, Donatto said.

“Sometimes we get there ahead of time, which allows us to be in spaces we would never have been able to afford after the fact,” she said.

“The reason for the move is they did so much downtown as part of the revitalization with the Art Walk and the Music Walk,” Donatto said. “Usually they block off the streets up until the art center. We’re locked out of that fun.”

The reason for the branding change is also simple.

“In some other markets, they call their boutiques ‘Blue.’ We’re going to incorporate that branding here in Southwest Florida. We have plans for expanding our boutiques in Southwest Florida. They all won’t be able to be named ‘Boutique on First.’ We will have something that can be branded throughout Southwest Florida.”

The difference between Blue and a typical Goodwill is that Blue will specialize in higher-end brands.

“It’s because we have designer labels,” Donatto said. “Of course, you’ll find designer labels and better brands at our Goodwill Stores. But most everything, it’s a little bit more upscale.

“In Blue, we’ll be including an art gallery. We have some local artists donating some of their artwork to us. We’ve been working with them and getting their advice on the pricing of it, because we don’t want to devalue their work.”

The new Blue should open in late June or early July.

The new Goodwill store opened Thursday to a frenzy of shoppers.

“We have such a variety of shoppers,” Donatto said. “From people who just want to save from spending full retail price to resellers. They buy low, and they sell high. The either do it online or they have their own consignment shops. We also have a lot of people who are into upcycling. They come in and look for low-cost furniture, and they are able to reinvent them into completely new pieces, or they redesign them.”

Ninety cents of every dollar goes back into the community, she said, which allows Goodwill to be much more than a thrift store.

“The stores are the driving force behind our mission services,” Donatto said. “We’re one of the largest providers of housing for people with disabilities in the country. We have our disability services. We have an on-site opportunity center. We have 83 people enrolled in that program who are working on their goals to become more independent.”

Market Watch event Thursday

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hertz Arena at Market Watch, some of the sharpest minds in Southwest Florida real estate will convene to review the events of the past year, look at real-time data and project the future.

More:Market Watch real estate trends event returns June 3 to Hertz Arena in Estero

David Cobb, regional director of Zonda Advisory since 2013, has more than 40 years of professional real estate experience. He will serve as the keynote speaker of the event sponsored by The News-Press and Naples Daily News. Cobb has managed multiple home building divisions in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Florida, working for large, public home building companies.

General admission tickets cost $30 per person. Sponsorships and reserved tables start at $500. More information is at

VIP access must be purchased in advance and costs an additional $25, providing open bar and food in the Hertz #1 Club from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available for purchase for general admission attendees without VIP access.

The 2021 panel line has more than 100 years of real estate experience:

Michael Polly: Broker with Royal Shell

Budge Huskey: Chief Executive Officer with Premier Sotheby's International Realty

Claudine Leger-Wetzel: Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Stock Development

Randy Mercer: Founding Partner, CRE Consultants

Adam Palmer: Managing Principal, LandQwest Naples

Matt Simmons: Real estate appraiser and broker with Maxwell, Hendry & Simmons

In the Know will return

The column will be on hiatus next week but is slated to return Tuesday, June 15.

Connect with this reporter: David Dorsey (Facebook),@DavidADorsey (Twitter).

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