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When Goodwill abruptly closed its doors in January, 430 Canadians immediately lost their jobs.

They received no notice, no time to prepare and, as you can imagine, the employees were devastated when they showed up to work one morning only to find the front doors locked.

“Yeah it still hurts. I miss my colleagues, I really enjoyed my job,” former Goodwill employee Pamela Sertel said.

Knowing she wasn’t alone, Sertel teamed up with 14 other members of Goodwill’s staff and formed a group called Renew the Good. They only have one objective: to raise money for the most vulnerable people who had lost their jobs. By working with corporate donors, Canada Helps and Gofundme.com, the group was able to amass $102,000, which they used to help 200 people.

A former staffer who identified only as Candy was one of them. She received a cheque for just over $300. And it turns out the money couldn’t have come at a better time, because she was recently told she would need to undergo surgery and would require time to rest.

“I was very surprised. Really, it was a blessing that people cared and that people were making an effort with their own time,” she said.

The last of the donations the group collected will be given out Thursday. After that, these former employees will start a brand new journey: attempting to find a new job. You can learn more about Renew the Good in the video above.

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