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Goodwill ready for year-end donations rush

Goodwill ready for year-end donations rush

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:53 am

As 2008 rapidly comes to a close, many people are looking for last-minute ways to maximize their charitable donations for tax savings. Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee welcomes all donors and encourages them to bring their gently-used items to any of the 60 donation sites in the 46 counties the company serves. Goodwill has a local store on South First Street in Union City. If donors are not sure whether an item should be donated, consider the one-year rule: If the item has not been worn, used or played with in the past year, it has probably served its usefulness in your household. By donating the item, it will be placed for sale in one of the 31 Goodwill retail stores in Middle and West Tennessee, where it can be purchased and then used and enjoyed by another family. In recent weeks, there has been news about a charitable organization being duped by third parties who promised to distribute items to those in need. Instead, those items allegedly were sold online for profit. Goodwill assures its donors that goods donated at its sites will be sold in its stores and the proceeds of those sales used to fund job-training programs. In 2008, Goodwill of Middle Tennessee served almost 10,000 people, thanks to the generosity of its donors. Donors should keep several points in mind when considering a charitable contribution: • Know the charity. Ask for the agency’s annual report, a list of the board of directors and the mission statement to be certain the charity manages its funding and spending responsibly. • Never respond to pressure to donate or to over-the-top emotional appeals. • Research if the charity is registered by local, state or federal agencies as required by law. • Maintain records of your donations. Do not give cash. For all tax-deductible contributions of $250 or more, the IRS requires a receipt from the charity. • Visit www.giveit2goodwill.org for a list of acceptable donations. Once you have gathered the information and feel comfortable with your decision, Goodwill welcomes donations. Every used item sold by Goodwill has a direct impact on the organization’s ability to serve its mission, which is to provide employment and training opportunities for people who have disabilities and others who have trouble finding and keeping jobs. On New Year’s Eve, Goodwill’s retail store donation sites will close at 6 p.m. and drive-through sites will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. All other sites will be open normal business hours. On New Year’s Day, retail store donation sites will close at 6 p.m. and all other sites will be open from noon-5 p.m. For more information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers, visit online at www.giveit2goodwill.org or call toll-free 1-800-545-9231. Published in The Messenger 12.26.08

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