CHARITY Goodwill receives too many items that can't be sold
Public donations fund Goodwill's job training and employment services.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries welcomes and needs donated, "gently used," ready-to-sell items, but it asks the public to not drop off wet, damaged or dirty items.
Public donations provide the primary funding source for Goodwill's job training and employment services, said Mike McBride, Goodwill executive director.
McBride said, however, it costs Goodwill about $80,000 a year to get rid of its trash, money which could be put to better use offering services to the community. Because of that, collection center attendants may refuse damaged or nonsaleable items, he said.
McBride asked people to "give as much thought to where they donate their things as to where they donate their money," and offered some donation guidelines.
* Do: Give to charities you know and trust. Avoid giving to organizations that ask for your credit card number over the telephone or request payment in cash.
Before donating an item, ask yourself whether you would give it to a relative or friend.
Leave donations at sites with attendants on duty. Donations dropped off outside business hours encourage theft.
* Don't: Donate broken or soiled items, tires, major appliances and computers.
Give items that have been recalled, banned or don't meet current safety standards.
Leave items unattended outside a donation center.
McBride said Goodwill accepts clothing, household items and toys that are sold in 1,900 retail stores throughout the United States and Canada and on Goodwill's Internet auction Web site: www.shopgoodwill.com.
Donors interested in claiming tax deductions should keep itemized lists of their donations. Also, Goodwill provides receipts to donors at drop-off sites, and attendants can validate itemized lists when they are presented.
For more information about the Youngstown Area Goodwill, call (330) 759-7921.