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Time running out to make final donations for 2012 tax records

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Updated: 12/27/2012 6:11 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Time is running out for making charitable donations before the end of the year. Goodwill is one of the charities that is more than willing to accept donated goods before Tuesday.

To make it easy, the store on Sahara near Decatur is keeping its drive-through donation drop off open non-stop from Thursday until Friday night at 9pm. That’s 30-plus hours.

Ric Quinn on Thursday came up in a U-Haul to drop off a used couch.

“When you give your loved ones new things and you have things that are still useable, because they want different colors or whatever. It's good to give to other people so that they can have something nice,” Quinn said.

He is going to receive a tax write-off but that was not his motive.

“I think it's fair. I will write off a real low value but I think it's good to have a little bit of a write-off for it,” Quinn said.

For those who donate and want to write it off, they will need a tax receipt form from Goodwill.

Donations are sold and help fund programs for the disabled and the unemployed in the Valley. For Nathaniel Traylor, he’s worked at Goodwill for two years, and will be busy over the next few days helping to collect and sort through many donated items.

“I didn't even have a place to stay when I first started. I was sleeping on my mother's dining room floor.

Now I have a nice three bedroom house, and a fiancé, you know I’m getting married soon and had it not been for this job, had it not been for Goodwill, I don't think would have succeeded as much,” Traylor said.

Since many people opened presents, and have new things, perhaps they could consider donating old things to Goodwill.

“You got a new comforter, take your old comforter and donate it, it's a tax write off. You got a new pair of boots, take your old pair of boots, donate it and get the tax write off,” said Goodwill of Southern Nevada spokesperson Kathy Topp.

Donor Edward Kessler says people should consider going through their closets and garages right now.

“If they're blessed enough to have good things they should try and share it with other people,” Kessler said.

There are dozens of Goodwill donation sites across the Valley and about 20,000 people are expected to donate items before Tuesday.

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