Published: Friday, Dec 30, 2011
Dick Krantz, MYyFoxDC.com
WASHINGTON - As the new year approaches, many of us think about popping champagne and bowl games.
But this is also the peak time for donating used items to thrift stores and getting a tax donation in return.
Action was fast and furious today at the Goodwill center in Arlington, Virginia, as people lined up to make donations before the new year.
Looking at cars lined up like this, you might have thought that someone was giving something away.
And they were. But it was people in the cars who were doing the giving, and loving it.
Cate Parkinson came with her father and mother from the District of Columbia to donate "a bunch of toys, a bunch of books and a lot of clothes. Yesterday we took all afternoon to clean out our rooms, the whole house, and we got a lot of stuff out."
Was it hard to part with her toys?
"You can just picture the smiles on those kids’ faces when they get those presents, and that makes it worth it," she said.
Tomorrow is expected to be even busier.
"With nice weather conditions being expected, and New Year's Eve being on a Saturday, which is typically our busiest donation day of the year anyway, we're going to see a huge number of donations coming in on Saturday, all day long," said Brendan Hurley, chief marketing officer for Goodwill of Greater Washington.
Items donated should be in good condition. Mattresses, firearms and severely damaged goods cannot be accepted.
"We hope that people will donate items that are in very good condition. The better the condition, the more likely they are to sell. And the more likely they are to sell, the more revenue we can generate to fund our job training programs for people with disabilities and disadvantages, which is the ultimate goal," Hurley said.
Shopping the Goodwill stores can save lots of money compared to buying new.
Shopper Laura Oberg, of Shirlington, said, "I love it because we are such a throwaway society. I come here at least twice a week and I pick up grandkids clothes. Things that I need for my apartment and find the same thing that I might have found at name brand stores for ¼ the price.
The Arlington Goodwill Donation Center is the sixth largest in the United States.
On Saturday, they're expecting about 3,000 donations. So it's not too late to give something away and also get a 2011 tax deduction for the donation.
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