Last minute donations for 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Out with the old and in with the new doesn’t just apply to the transition to 2012, when it comes to people donating items to charity to take advantage of the tax credits.

People flocked to Goodwill locations across the Piedmont today to drop off items by the truck load, trunk load and bag load.

With the double file line growing 6 to 8 cars long at times the Goodwill, employees helped customer after customer unload their old goods in exchange for that all important donation receipt.

“A lot of folks are cleaning out those closets and getting those last minute tax deductions in,” said Chris Gorham of Triad Goodwill. 

“Typically in the last few weeks of the year we get anywhere from 15 to 18 percent of our donations.”

The charitable tax credit only part of the reason why drop offs are so brisk.

People home from work and making more room for holiday gifts are also big givers this time of the year.

While clothing is the majority of what Goodwill takes takes in and sells in its retail stores, people can also donate furniture, household goods, electronics and more.

Chemicals, paint and other dangerous items are not accepted.

Most of Goodwill’s retail locations are open until 8 p.m. on weeknights.