Goodwill offers advice on making holiday donations

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By The Staff

Goodwill Industries is reminding donors to consider carefully the manner in which they donate used clothing and other household items this holiday season.

The Charlotte area, like some other areas around the country, is seeing a sudden appearance of unattended collection bins. They are mostly red boxes that ask for "clothing and shoes."

Items placed in those boxes do not necessarily benefit a licensed charitable organization and do not qualify for a tax deduction. Items placed in those boxes are also subject to weather damage and theft, whereas Goodwill has attendants at convenient locations all over the community.

Goodwill uses the revenue from donations to provide job training and employment services for the disadvantaged and disabled in our community.

Donating gently used clothing and other unwanted items is an easy way to invest in your community, and at the same time, get a tax break, according to Goodwill. All Goodwill donation sites provide receipts to use when filing your taxes. The donor determines the value of their donation.

All nonprofit organizations are prohibited from assigning values to material donations. That means it's the donor's responsibility to determine the item's fair market value.

To assist in calculating the value of your donations, visit www.goodwillsp.org.

You will find a price list for items sold in our stores to use as a guide.

If you're not sure what to donate, a good rule of thumb to follow when determining the condition of something you want to donate is to consider whether you would give it to a relative or a friend.

More than 100,000 donors are expected to donate to Goodwill in the Charlotte area during the month of December with very heavy donations the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

To make a donation please visit any of the 31 convenient Goodwill donation sites in the Charlotte area or visit www.goodwillsp.org for the location nearest you.

The Goodwill store in Lancaster is at 1142 S.C. 9 Bypass.