News 12 @ 6 o'clock -- December 29, 2008
MARTINEZ, GA -- With the tax season right around the corner, people are beginning to line up at goodwill to make a charitable contribution.The only problem is there's not as many people as usual.
"It's a time when we see an influx of donations but that's been a little slow this year so we're hoping people will dig a little deeper into their closets and their hearts," said Goodwill Vice President of Marketing and Communications Wayne Thornley.
Wayne says the more stuff people bring, the more they're able to write off as a deduction. He says while they've seen a lot of clothing donations coming in, they need help in other areas too.
While majority of the incoming donations are clothes, he says they could really use some housewares to help fill up these empty shelves.
Wayne says, "I encourage folks not to forget about the furniture, chairs, things like that; small appliances that could be a big help to some other folks."
The donations will help in more ways than one. Wayne says 84 cents of every dollar made from donations goes to job and skill training for people in the Augusta area. With people already thinking about tax season, Wayne is confident things will get better.
"I think there's a little uprising happening now. There's confidence things will turn around and so people are starting to give a little more," said Wayne.
And that just may be the case as cars continue to line up and workers fill out extra tax receipts.