Goodwill sees increase in donations during final week of year

Goodwill sees increase in donations during final week of year (Image 1)

The last six days of the year are the busiest for donations at Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee as donors try to get their last minute tax receipt.

Drop-off locations, such as the one on Old Hickory Blvd. in Bellevue, saw a lot of traffic on Wednesday.  

Employees told Nashville's News 2 the holiday season usually inspires people to give, while others are cleaning out their closets to make room for new items they received for Christmas.

“We do get a lot of merchandise at the end of the year and that of course helps our mission which is to provide jobs and job training for those who would struggle to find work,” said local Goodwill spokesperson Jamie Berry.

Approximately 16,000 clients received free job training because of Goodwill's Career Solutions counselors in 2012.  More than 3,100 of those clients landed a job this year. 

Donor Robert Turner thinks it's a win-win. 

“I come throughout the year to Goodwill.  I believe in giving to charity.  I always have.  There's always somebody who needs something in life,” Turner told Nashville's News 2.

Donors have until New Year's Eve to drop off donations and get a write-off on your 2012 taxes.

For more information on Goodwill's drop off locations and hours, visit their Web site.

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