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Charitable donations could save you money in 2013

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Have you written those last checks or donated your unwanted items to a charity yet this year?There are only four days left to get those tax deductions on your 2012 income tax return.

Hundreds of hangers at Goodwill in Albany are waiting to be draped with clothes of any size. But officials with the non-profit group say it's been a slow season.

"It started off slow and I think that has a lot to do with the weather. People are just now going through cleaning, doing deep cleaning and all for year-end so I think it is going to pick up," says Goodwill manager Cecilia Rents.

Every year places like Goodwill and the Salvation Army receive donations by the thousands. They say it's the gift that keeps on giving.

"The donation that we receive through the retail side, the money goes back into the career center to help for job placement," Rents.

The company says they've helped more than 700 people in Albany get jobs this year, and not only that. Folks with the store say every item taken in stays right here in southwest Georgia.

"Everything that is donated in Albany, stays in Albany. It supports our community," says Rentz.

But it's just not clothes, books, and shoes that need a new home. Financial advisors say right now is the best time to give gifts like monetary donations or stocks options to your favorite charity.

"Your favorite charity, whatever it happens to be. Your church, any of the groups around the nation, where you went to school, things like that mean a lot to you, it's a great time of the year to do your gifting," says Wells Fargo Financial Advisor Victor Sullivan.

And officials say, the sooner the better.

"It's slow now and it's easy just to get in and out. If you wait until the 31st, sometimes we have cars you know just lined up to drop off donations so we ask that you start today," says Rentz.

Officials urge people to get their donations in early and save every receipt they get so when it's time to file those tax deductions in April, you'll be prepared.

Goodwill says what they need most right now are winter items and furniture.

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