Donate costumes to Goodwill
With trick-or-treating out of the way, trying to find space for your family’s Halloween costumes may seem like a chore. Forget the hassle and donate them to Goodwill.
“I know I’m not going to wear my costume again and, hopefully, someone else can enjoy it if I donate it to Goodwill,” says Katie Roney, Goodwill donor.
With a convenient donation location on just about every corner, dropping off Snow White and Spider Man duds should be a cinch. The best part — you’ll receive a receipt for a 2007 tax deduction.
According to IRS regulations, Goodwill cannot assess the value of your donation. However, donors can find a valuation guide online at www.goodwillmidten.org/donations/tax_guidelines. Just keep the receipt tucked away in a safe place until tax time since Goodwill does not keep records of receipts.
“Get some extra cash back on your tax return, support a great cause and provide a great ensemble for someone else’s 2008 costume party,” a Goodwill official said.
For 50 years, Goodwill has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2006, Goodwill served 5,117 people and placed 1,626 in jobs in the community. For more information on Goodwill’s Career Solutions centers, retail stores and donation centers, visit www.goodwillmidten.org or call 1-800-545-9231.
Published in The Messenger on 11.01.07