Local nonprofits see surge in donations

Goodwill offers customers neat rows of clothing, household appliances and toys. (Don Ryan)

December 30, 2011 1:29:23 PM PST
Nonprofits that have seen donations down for the year are now seeing a surge in donations as the end of the year approaches.

People are clearing out their closets and homes in order to catch a break on their taxes. This is the busiest week of the year for charities like Goodwill, as people stop by to make donations, so they can get a tax deduction next year.

At the Goodwill donation center in Brier Creek, people just kept stopping by to drop off bags of clothing and household items in good condition. All of these items will then be sold in one of 33 stores in eastern North Carolina to fund Goodwill's employment and education programs.

If you want to donate, there are a few things to keep in mind.

"We really can't take things that are dirty or torn, broken," said Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina spokesperson Becky Lytle. "It's helpful to us if they can bring them in bags because that makes it a little bit easier to get into the warehouse. The sooner they can get here the better so they can avoid all the crowds.  I imagine they will be very busy tomorrow."

Click here for the Goodwill donation center nearest you.

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