LITTLE ROCK, AR — The holiday season is the perfect time to gather items you no longer need and give them to Goodwill. Giving to Goodwill during this season allows donors to help others and receive a tax break at the same time. Donors bringing their gently used items or a monetary gift to Goodwill Industries of Arkansas by December 31 will receive a tax deduction for 2016.
“Donations are the life-blood of Goodwill’s mission,” said Leisa Wamsley, Vice President of Donated Goods with Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. “Donations start the cycle of job creation in our community. The revenue from the items sold in Goodwill stores fund necessary job training programs and career services to help individuals find a job in our community.”
Typically, the busiest week for us accepting donations is from December 26-31 with the 31st as the busiest day. “Every donation to Goodwill helps make 2017 a better year for those in our community who need help finding a job,” adds Wamsley. “When an individual earns a paycheck, they help support themselves, their families, and, ultimately, our community.”
Donations are accepted at over 40 donation centers throughout the state of Arkansas. Newly remodeled Goodwill stores feature convenient drive-thru donation areas to provide easier drop-off for customers. Items acceptable for donations include clothes, electronics, household items, toys, furniture and more. A list of acceptable donations can be found at GoodwillAR.org/donate/items.html.
To find a donation center near you, visit GoodwillAR.org/donate/locations.html.
About Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the mission of changing lives through education, training and employment. Revenue generated through the sale of reusable donated goods at Goodwill retail stores is used to create jobs and fund these critical training programs for Arkansans. Last year, Goodwill offered 224,000 services to over 27,800 individuals in Arkansas. In addition, Goodwill helped 4,500 Arkansans attain a job. Information may also be found at GoodwillAR.org.
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