Donations needed before new year

December 29, 2009 8:35:54 PM PST
As the new year approaches - more and more people donate money to their favorite charities all in hopes of helping out and getting a tax deduction.Many take things they've outgrown or no longer want to Goodwill.

Donor Beth Rea made a quick stop at a Goodwill store Tuesday night to make one last donation just before the new year.

"We have some t-shirts, shorts, sweaters, lots of household items, purses, and even some jewelry," Rea said. "Obviously for tax purposes."

Goodwill Spokesperson Steve Snyderman says in the last five days of the year, they receive about two months' worth of donations.

"If it wasn't for this week, we'd really be in trouble," he said.

Many items that have already been donated, but staff says there is still a great need. Goodwill organizers say they've seen a decrease in the number of donations this year, but an increase in the number of people who've been coming out to the stores to buy.

"Because of the economy, people aren't replacing things as frequently as they did before, so they're holding on to their donations and it's been a real problem maintaining our inventory," Snyderman said.

Ashley Newbert says she stops by a Raleigh Goodwill store several times a week, sometimes to donate, most times to buy.

"It helps everybody out," she said. "You want to be a penny-pincher once in a while. Go through your old clothes, see what you don't want and somebody else may find it a treasure.

And if you have any potential treasures you'd like to donate before the end of the year, you might want to consider doing it sometime Wednesday, because if you wait until the last minute on Thursday, organizers say be prepared to battle long lines.

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