Goodwill sees increase in giving as 2013 comes to close


by WHAS11

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 11:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – "Goodwill" brings good cheer to thousands of people across Kentuckiana each year.

And this last day of the year is normally a big one for charitable giving.

But are the donations living up to expectations?

"I've been working on it for three days.  I catalog everything and take pictures and everything just in case I ever have an audit," Karen Buris said.

Karen Buris does this every couple of years.

"I'm not quite a hoarder, but I'm kind of close - and I'm trying not to do that anymore," Buris said.

Karen brought an entire minivan packed with decorations, toys and random items from her house.

Karen is not alone.  Goodwill sees a huge increase in donations on December 30 and 31.

"We've seen a pretty big uptick in donors today," Heather Hise, Goodwill Communications Specialist, said.

Workers at the Goodwill on Taylorsville Road dealt with more than 100 percent increase in donations--unloading a couple hundred cars.

"Luckily we're extra-staffed on a day like today so we have plenty of people who are here ready to take the donations."

The number of donors traditionally increases on these two days so people can include the donations on their latest tax return.  This does not just go for donations to Goodwill--The Chronicle of Philanthropy charts online donations and they have charted from 2011 and 2012 that donations go from a steady amount of about two and a half million through December until the 31 when they jump up to almost eight million. Letting people like Karen do a little good while doing good business.