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Get your end of year donations done early

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

With the holidays fast approaching, one way you can get ahead of schedule is by dropping off your end of year donations early.

Both the Salvation Army and Goodwill tell us these donations have a bigger impact than most people think.

It's that time of year when Goodwill and the Salvation Army stay pretty busy..

"We have more hustle and bustle in the store. More people coming in,  to purchase gently used items," says Harriet Hollis, Career Services Manager. 

And to keep the shelves full it takes donations from folks in the community.

And as the end of the year approaches people tend to do some cleaning out.

"We get people who are cleaning out their closets their homes, and were excited because we get all kinds of great stuff in here," says Hollis. 

You can find almost anything you can think of.

"Beds, couches, you name it," says Major Kelly English with the Salvation Army. 

At the Salvation Army Major Kelly English says a donation is the gift that keeps on giving.

"Everybody wins, that's the beautiful part about this. Its that cycle, you give, you receive, you receive, and it goes back and fourth," says Major English. 

For the Salvation Army it helps keep hungry people feed, and warm during the winter.

"With our feeding program, which happens six days a week, with our shelter, with our social services, so that's money that stays here," he says. 

At Goodwill, it helps those who are looking for a job. Donations help fund their career center, and it's this time of year when folks are seeking employment.

"We connect them to those jobs, employers come in we have job fairs, and we help them get qualified educated candidates for their open positions," says Hollis. 

While it seems like the end of the year is far away, now is the time when you can beat the crowd, and get those end of year donations in before the crowd hits.

"You want to beat the rush, you want to get here, and the process is really easy," says Major English. 

Last year Goodwill helped place 3500 people with jobs in Albany.


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