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When Goodwill has needed help, Al Stone has been there.

The chairman of the Townsend-based Sterilite, Mr. Stone has been a longtime donor and supporter of Goodwill in ways both large and small. When Goodwill undertook a capital campaign to renovate its Boston headquarters, Mr. Stone was there. He understood the need for investment in mundane, but costly items such as heating and ventilating units and a new roof. And, for many years, he has provided the baskets that allow families to carry home a turkey and all the fixings from Goodwill’s Thanksgiving-in-a-Basket event.

Over the years, Mr. Stone has been a generous and invaluable supporter of Goodwill. He also knows a thing or two about success: his father and uncle started Sterilite in 1939 and Mr. Stone joined the company in the 1950s, helping it to become the largest maker of plastic housewares in North America. What has attracted Mr. Stone to Goodwill is its mission, plain and simple. “What’s not to like about the mission?” asked Mr. Stone. “It teaches people the value and importance of work.”

The support from the Stone family for Goodwill is now multi-generational. Mr. Stone’s grandchildren, including Will Stone and Peter Stone, have become engaged with Goodwill and volunteer at the Thanksgiving-in-a-Basket event.

“Goodwill is where it is today in part because Mr. Stone and his family have been there to support us at critical times,” said Joanne Hilferty, President and CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries. “We are thankful for the commitment he and his family have shown and for the value they place on using philanthropy to make the mission work.”

Vera  Buccella


There is a look of determination on Vera Buccella’s face when she works. Whether it’s tagging clothes in the back room at Goodwill’s newest location in Danvers or placing items on the sales floor, Vera does it all with tenacity and skill.

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