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End Of Year Giving Brings Boost To Non-Profits

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by Emily Luxen           

BELLEVUE, Tenn. - Christmas may be over, but the season of giving continues, as many Tennesseans have been rushing to make last minute charitable donations.

Many area non-profit groups including Goodwill said the final week of 2013 will be the busiest of the year.

"It is like Christmas every day," said Jamie Berry, communications director for Goodwill. "We see double the number of people coming through our donation express center the last six days of the year. It is extremely busy."

Goodwill has been preparing for the extra rush, with extra employees on hand to ensure cars move through the center quickly, and donations are collected and sorted.

"We stay really busy," said Frankie Jones, who has worked at the Bellevue donation center for the last four years. "It makes the days go by quickly."

Still piles of clothing, shoes and even Christmas decorations filled the donation center in Bellevue. Jones and other employees worked quickly to keep it sorted.

Berry said many donors have been giving in order to get a last-minute tax receipt. All items donated to Goodwill before January 1 count on your 2013 tax return. Berry said each donation is a gift that keeps giving throughout the year.

"Our mission is to provide employment and training opportunities to people in the community who may struggle to find work," said Berry. "When you donate you are supporting that mission."

Some donors said it just makes sense to drop off items at the end of the year, and the tax receipt is a nice benefit.

"You are trying to put away all the new stuff from Christmas, and get rid of old stuff," said Jenny Holzmer. "What better way than to give it to Goodwill?"

If you are planning to make a donation to any charity before the end of the year, the IRS recommends you make sure the organization is an official non-profit that can accept donations.
Also, keep good records and receipts of your donation. To help taxpayers plan their year-end giving, the IRS offers more tips on www.IRS.gov.

There are 78 Donations Express Centers located throughout the 48 counties served by Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee. To find the one nearest you, go to www.giveit2goodwill.org. 

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