Dec. 31 is the last day that donations can be applied to the current tax year so these next few days are a good time to see what you have to donate to Goodwill.
Locally, donors may drop off items at the Hamilton Mill Goodwill store located at 3295 Sardis Church Road in Buford (behind the Hamilton Mill Chick-fil-A). The Hamilton Mill Goodwill store has a convenient covered drive-through where store employees will help donors unload their vehicle and provide receipts for any items donated. The Hamilton Mill Goodwill store is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
At this time of the year, Goodwill of North Georgia is usually gearing up for what is traditionally their busiest week of the year.
"Last year, we received more than 87,000 donations during the last week of the year and more than 28,000 on December 31," said Elaine Armstrong, director of public relations for Goodwill of North Georgia. "People across North Georgia have continued to generously donate throughout the year, and we are hoping for another successful year-end. We also want to remind donors to double-check before they donate."
There are more than 100 locations where donors can give clothing, books, furniture and other household items. Unwanted computer equipment also can be donated. These are then recycled through a partnership with Dell which helps keep potentially harmful items out of landfills.
Because of the increase in activity at its facilities, Goodwill is reminding donors to go through a six-point check of items to be donated before leaving the house.
The following is the checklist suggested by Goodwill:
1. Are the pockets empty? Make sure you have emptied pant and coat pockets, purses, and suitcases of any valuables or items you wish to keep.
2. Can Goodwill accept this? There are few household items Goodwill cannot accept. Among them are mattresses, large appliances, weapons, chemicals, and carpeting.
3. Would I give this to family member or friend? Goodwill understands that its shoppers look for quality items when visiting its stores; therefore, the nonprofit has a policy against selling torn, stained, and water-soaked items.
4. Is it in good used condition? According to the Internal Revenue Service, taxpayers may claim a deduction for donated items that are in good used condition or better.
5. Did I erase the memory? If you donate a computer, cell phone or other electronic device, be sure to delete any confidential or personal information before you bring it to Goodwill.
6. Did I make an inventory list? Be sure to make a record of each item you donate. While you won’t need to give it to Goodwill, you may have to produce it for Uncle Sam.
During the past year, Goodwill has added even more sites where North Georgians can donate. Check the location finder on the website to find the location nearest to you.
For more information about Goodwill of North Georgia, visit www.goodwillng.org.