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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The end of the year often means house cleaning and donation time.

"You know how it is with the garage, things get piled up in there, and I pull everything out and I find things I don't use a lot or hadn't used in a while so I take it out and bring it down here," says Albany resident Bill Nelson.

Billy Nelson donates two or three times a year but says this year, he's been running a little behind.

"I was going to do it last month, but I forgot about," says Nelson.

Others say they enjoy giving back to the community.

"If someone else can utilize it, that can be a great opportunity for someone else," says Albany resident Angela Robinson.

At the Salvation Army, workers are busy sorting through donations. Store Manager Crystal Kegler says they see a lot of clothing and toys.

"Especially with the toys because I guess kids get new toys at Christmas time, and we always get a rush of toys because they always bring the ones that they clean out to us," says family store manager Crystal Kegler.

December is the busiest month for the Salvation Army where they take in hundreds of donations. Workers say they've collected this pile behind me in just a week.

"Its our busiest month as far as donations because everyone is trying to get it in for the last minute tax donations," says Kegler.

At Goodwill, managers say donations help people who are unemployed get placed into a  job.

"The donations that people drop off or bring in. We process it and sell it through our retail center and that goes back into our career center to fund money to buy the computer and hire the staff to help find jobs," says Cecilia Rentz.

She says they've place nearly 800 people into jobs this year.

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