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Charities see year-end rush

Posted December 30, 2010

The cars lined up outside the Goodwill Donation Center at 4801 Grove Barton Road as the hours ticked away on 2010.

Late December is the busiest season for charities like GCF. Some donors are spurred by the spirit of the holiday season. Others are motivated to clear their old belongings to make room for Christmas gifts, and still others recognize that charitable donations can earn them a tax deduction.

For those who itemize when filing their taxes, Friday marks the deadline for donations to count on 2010 taxes.

Charitable donations pile up at year's end Charitable donations pile up at year's end  

"My wife is constantly buying new clothes, new books, et cetera, et cetera, so I just bring what we don't need over here," said Ed Entrup. 

GCF accepts clothing, small appliances and books in good condition. Becky Lytle, a GCF spokeswoman offered this rule of thumb, "If you won't give it to your favorite aunt, don't give it to us."

The donations were piled up inside the sorting area Thursday at Grove Barton Road, where employees readied them for the sales floor.

"They always told me, 'Wait until the end of the year,' and now it's like wow! It's very busy," said employee Sheri Oates.

Entrup said GCF's good work in the community is among the reasons he donates. 

"It's a good outfit to donate to," he said. "I really believe in it. They do a lot of good."

GCF resells donations at affordable prices in its retail stores and provides jobs through the stores and the sorting operation. It also offers free, online training in basic job and life skills and computer programs.

GCF of Eastern Carolina will add six locations in 2011. Included on the list are two locations in Holly Springs, one in Garner and one in Fayetteville.

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  • mep Dec 30, 2010

    Charity is when you give out of your heart. Socialism is when the govt takes from what THEY feel is your abundance, and distributes it to those THEY feel deserve it.... and it is usually to those that do little more than vote to keep those in same govt officials in power. It was a sad day when the govt realized it can bribe voters with taxpayers money.

  • LovemyPirates Dec 30, 2010

    wadeherrell - Your post makes no sense.

  • frank1990 Dec 30, 2010

    I am a conservative and I love tax deductions! I am going to cut your job insake of the budget!

  • Worland Dec 30, 2010

    Americans are the most generous people on the planet. Rich or poor, Americans donate to charity in massive numbers. We don't need Obama and Big Government to redistribute our wealth to those they see fit. We're perfectly capable of making those choices ourselves.

  • chattycat Dec 30, 2010

    Hope to see some donations to local animal rescue groups. Been a very slow year for the animals in terms of adoption and donations.

  • mkg1047 Dec 30, 2010

    Help us understand how GCF can claim to be a "NONPROFIT" organization. The CEO earns 1 to 2 million in salary a year. They are currently building a huge headquarters in New York. How can we call this charity???

  • Dark of the Moon Dec 30, 2010

    People realize how bad the Obama economy is and how much worse it will get. I am glad they are thinking of the needy and "CHOOSING" to give to charities.

  • RB-1 Dec 30, 2010

    I like Salvation Army better.

    I was appalled when GCF used what could have helped the needy to build those big expensive buildings, but they do good things too.

    Still, Salvation Army does better, in my opinion.