Save money into the new year by donating

By Jack Kuenzie - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The season of giving continues. Midlands' charities are asking for and getting lots of donations.

Meanwhile, many donors are asking for and getting receipts for their upcoming tax returns. "We have a 25-year-old TV that still works," said Charles Stein, " (It) works better than the new ones, but we got her a flat screen TV that has an automatic DVD player in it.

Charles and Suzanne Stein say it really wasn't about giving themselves a tax break. "This is just about trying to help someone in the new year, holiday season," expressed Charles.

The Steins are visiting from Daytona Beach and were among many making stops at Midlands Goodwill stores Thursday. Nevertheless, it's fair to say a large number of donors were also planning ahead for tax time. "So any time a donor wants to donate something, they ask for a tax receipt," stated Goodwill employee Nicola Tucker.

The Goodwill store on Two Notch Road had cars, trucks and SUV's driving up and dropping off items all day long. Darlene Sanders was among the donors. "I've had it for a long time, so I'm using it as a tax write-off just because I can.

Regional Manager David Hessberger says the approach of the tax deduction deadline and the passing of Christmas seem to create a spirit of good will. "People buy and get a lot of items for Christmas," said Hessberger, "It causes them to look in their closets and garages and to make room, and as I said before, people want to do good things with their items. It's up to us to prove to them. We're going to take those items and do something that really makes a difference in the community."

Hessberger said all that giving also makes for a better selection for shoppers.

Both Goodwill and the Salvation Army offer calculators on their web sites to help donors determine accurate values for their donated items.

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