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Hundreds Give On Last Day To Donate To Goodwill

Posted at 6:29 PM, Dec 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-31 19:29:06-05

It was one of the busiest days of the year at Goodwill as people rushed to make a donation to get a tax deduction for 2016.

"Seeing lots of junk. One man's junk is another man's treasure," said one donor.

Treasures that have been helping to change lives.

"We sell their donated items in our stores, and that provides revenue for our mission of changing lives through education, training, and employment," said Chris Fletcher, Goodwill of Tennessee spokesperson.

Cars filed into the Goodwill parking lot in Hermitage to donate their gently used clothing and other household items.

"We've had some flat screen televisions and some laptop computers. Some beds, some coffee tables," said Fletcher.

"We have no use for it, and I thought someone else could probably use it," said Rachel Brooks.

But some items were a little harder to let go of than others.

"The highchair was kind of hard. The highchair was hard to give away, but I know some family can use it," said Brooks.

Goodwill crews have been packing donated items into trailers at several locations throughout Tennessee.

So many chose to give, and trailers began to overflow.

"We'll switch them out as they get full, and this week fortunately we've had to do it quite a bit. We have had a pretty good stream of donations, and we're really happy people are choosing to support the goodwill right now," said Fletcher.

Donations that have been transforming lives through the goodwill of others.