BEAT YEAR-END RUSH, GIVE TO GOODWILL EARLY
Goodwill Anticipates Surge of Donations Due to Holidays, Tax Season
(West Tenn.) — Middle Tennessee residents can help their communities and themselves by donating gently
used clothing and household goods to Goodwill before Christmas to beat the annual year-end rush.
Each year from Dec. 26-31, the number of donations at Goodwill Donation Express centers rises
dramatically. In 2015, donations on these six days rose by more than 50 percent compared to other days of
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee depends on this surge of donations — as well as other donations
given throughout the year — to fund its mission of changing lives through education, training and
employment. Each year thousands of people in communities across Middle and West Tennessee benefit from
Goodwill’s free services.
The end-of- year donation rush is prompted in part by people cleaning out their closets, attics and garages to
make room for holiday gifts. But many donors also are seeking last-minute tax deductions.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when donating to Goodwill:
● Prepare an inventory of your items to be donated before going to Goodwill. The IRS allows a
deduction for each item, but it is up to the donor to estimate each item’s value.
● When decluttering your home, consider the One-Year Rule: If you haven’t worn it, used it or played
it in one year, it is probably time to donate it.
● Donors wishing to claim tax deductions for their donations can easily do so at
mygoodwilldonation.org, or they can request a paper receipt from the attendant when dropping off
● Please remove hangers from clothing.
● If you have a single donation worth more than $500, you will need to complete IRS Form 8283. You
will also need a qualified written appraisal.
● Be certain you are donating to a legitimate charity. Resources for research include the Tennessee
Secretary of State’s Office and charity-rating agencies such as GuideStar.
There are more than 70 Donations Express Centers located throughout the 48-county territory, and most are
open seven days a week. Locations and hours can be found online at www.giveit2goodwill.org, under the
About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
For nearly 60 years, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people
with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2015, Goodwill served 36,081 people in Middle
and West Tennessee and placed 15,412 people in jobs. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and
donation centers can be obtained online at www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800- 545-9231.