Time is running out for 2010 donations

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- Goodwill officials are reminding people who want to claim 2010 tax deductions on donated items that those donations will have to be made before 6 p.m. Friday, when the organization closes for the New Year holiday.

"It's the last week to donate and get the 2010 tax receipt," Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers Donated Goods Specialist Amanda Lister said. "We believe that many people will be so busy getting ready for the holiday this weekend that they may not realize that this is the last week before the end of the year."

Lister added that donations in Albany are running "18 to 19 percent higher than last year and 6 precent higher in our 50-country service area. In Albany to took a new approch in making our donation centers more convenient and it really helped us."

GWISR covers 50 counties in west Georgia and east Alabama. Operating as a social enterprise, generates revenue to reinvest back into the community.

The majority of the Goodwill chapter's revenue comes from donated goods, which help fund its job training and placement programs, along with a host of other services through its Goodwill Retail Stores and Centers, which provide training, financial services and career services in addition to job search.

"Typically Saturdays and Mondays are our busiest days of the week," GWISR President and CEO Jane P. Nichols said. "But with the year ending on a Friday we don't want people waking up Saturday morning and realizing it's too late for the 2010 tax deduction.

"We are encouraging donors to get their donations in as quickly as possible."

There are 14 donation sites in Albany and three in Lee County. Donation hours are 9 a.m to 8 p.m Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. This Friday, however, the centers will close at 6 p.m.

"Generally speaking, the last week of the year is our busiest time," GWISR Communications Director Tim Mercer said. "People always forget that they need to donate before the end of the year to claim a deduction for that year. We'll get a lot of people coming in after the 31st wanting that 2010 deduction and we can't help them."

To date through 2010, through its mission based programs, GWISR has placed 3,331 people into employment, generating an economic impact of $51.5 million made possible through the donation of "gently used goods."

For more information on where to donate goods, contact the GWISR Albany office at 317-0970.