Year End Donations For Tax Credit

Having trouble finding where to put those Christmas gifts?

Maybe now is a good time to go through the closet and get rid of those old clothes or those that don't fit anymore.

It's a good time to donate those unwanted items and get a little something for yourself as well by donating to Goodwill for a tax write off.

Lea Blake was dropping off a few items Monday morning.

"More space and de-cluttering my house and down sizing a little bit and so it all works," she said.

Donations at Goodwill Industries are rolling in as people look to create more room in their homes and take advantage of end of the year tax credits.

Blake plans to make her donations.

"Absolutely, you know every little bit helps," she said. "I think I was the third car in line to drop off here this morning so I can only presume that its the same at the other locations."

"It is a big week though we gear up for it," Frank McGree of Goodwill Industries said. "We'll probably in a lot of locations double the amount of materials donated to us this week because people want to take advantage of the tax receipts that they receive from us."

We always seem to do a lot of electronic upgrades this time of year from stereos and TVs and even computers. Goodwill will take old computers and printers now. The hard drives are cleared off before they are resold at the Good Bytes Store near 72nd and F. Street.

Cynthia Smith just picked up a computer desk.

"I would say it was half price from when I would have bought it at a store," she said. "So it's a much better deal to come here."

For those planning to donate for the tax credit, accountability is up to the donor.

"Because we don't do an individual look at what it is that you donate," McGree said. "What we'll do is say that we've received three bags of clothing and two boxes of household goods and a couch and a chair."

Donors are responsible for itemizing what's in each container donated.

Lea Blake said everyone wins by donating their unwanted items.

"It's a great way to re-use, recycle and it helps them and it helps me," she said.

Donations can be made at any of the area's 11 Goodwill locations.

Their hours of operation are 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday

Saturday the hours are 9am to 7pm and on Sunday from noon to 6pm.

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