The line at the Goodwill donation site in Augusta was several cars deep Saturday afternoon. Across the river at the Salvation Army on Knox Avenue in North Augusta, cars and trucks pulled up with loads of toys, clothes, household items and more.
People such as Charlotte Thomas from North Augusta were trying to get donations to the nonprofits to receive a tax deduction for 2017. Thomas added her boxes to the piles of items outside the Salvation Army that others had already dropped off.
Thomas wasn’t sure how much her donation was worth but said she would go online to calculate the value to place on her receipt. She said she donates throughout the year, and this was the final sweep to clear out for Christmas and to get organized in the new year.
For Taylor Bridges from Augusta, his donation to Goodwill was to clear out unnecessary items such as couch pillows and clothes.
“I just figured we don’t need it, but there may be someone else who does and wanted to make sure it went to good use,” Bridges said.
Goodwill sells donated items in its stores to fund programs in the community, including career services. According to the Salvation Army website, all proceeds from its stores are used to fund shelters, soup line and drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.
The Salvation Army and most nonprofit drop-off locations will be closed today, the last day to receive a tax write-off for 2017. Several Goodwill stores and donation centers will be open. Visit goodwillworks.org/donationlocations for available sites.