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Goodwill stores benefit from end-of-year donations

The shelves at mountain Goodwill stores are full. Goodwill leaders say it's a combination of end-of-year donations and people in the holiday spirit. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The shelves at mountain Goodwill stores are full. Goodwill leaders say it's a combination of end-of-year donations and people in the holiday spirit.

“Say in the last two or three days of the month, we'll take about three weeks of donations,” Goodwill Regional Training Manager Todd Silverwood said. “They bring in household goods. We do take electronics. We take furniture items,” …and plenty of clothes, he says.

However, recalled items, paint, or chemicals that could pose a safety risk to customers are not accepted.

The surge in donations can lead to full store aisles and surplus merchandise stored in the back.

“What we do not sell in our stores, we try to...once we give it time to sell in the store, we give it to our outlet center. We try to sell it in our outlet centers,” Silverwood said.

“If we've got a large surplus, we sometimes have to store those items, and that helps us through the slower months," he added.

Silverwood said they welcome the surplus now since donations taper off between the first of the year and when folks do spring cleaning.

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