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Charities prepare for end-of-year surge in donated goods

Posted December 27, 2013

— Nonprofit organizations across the Triangle are getting ready for the deluge of donated items that comes by Dec. 31, the last day of the year to claim a charitable deduction for 2013.

At The Salvation Army in Raleigh, donations arrive on hangers, bags, boxes and the beds of pickup trucks. Gary McCabe was dropping of some children’s clothes and George Forman grills on Friday.

“We had two of them in there that we don’t use anymore, and I thought someone else could use it instead of throwing it away,” he said.

Donations arrived at the Salvation Army on Dec. 27, 2013 Nonprofit organizations prep for deluge of donated items

A majority of donated items make their way to the floor of the store, where shoppers browse for bargains. Anita Withrow is a regular customer.

“Probably four to five times a month,” she said of her trips to the store.

Most of the money from sales is used to support various programs offered by The Salvation Army of Wake County.

“(The money) helps those families, whether it’s through the shelter, through the crisis program, the soup line. All those programs (have) benefited from the funds raised by the thrift store,” spokeswoman Lizzy Adams said.

The Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope, which opened this year on Capital Boulevard, is more than triple the size of the nonprofit’s old facility. The number of beds in the shelter has nearly tripled as well, so the need is great.

Adams said all kinds of donations are needed, from bedding to basic hygiene products. The shelter averages about 50 children at any given time, and they would love to have games, toys and crafts.

“Those are all wonderful items,” Adams said. “And we generally give away about 7,000 coats over the course of a winter season.”

Donating used goods is a win-win: Items are reused, the money raised from sales benefits those in need, and the donations are tax-deductible.

Kim Huband brought in so much stuff, he couldn't fit it all into a cart.

“At Christmas, you get some gifts in, and you need to clear some space out,” he said. “But it is nice to be able to get a deduction while they’re available to us.”

The {{a href=external_link-2"}}Internal Revenue Service{{/a}} offers instructions online on how to determine the value of donated items.

In addition to The Salvation Army, there are other Triangle charities that accept donated goods, including the Raleigh Rescue Mission, Durham Rescue Mission and InterAct of Wake County, Habitat for Humanity ReStore and The Green Chair Project.
 

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  • cobki209 Dec 27, 6:23 p.m.

    Don't forget HandMeUps in North Raleigh~ !!