End-of-year donations tax deductible
Donations made by Tuesday, Dec. 31, can be deducted when filing a 2013 tax return.
The few days between Christmas and New Year are the busiest time of year for Goodwill donation centers, according to Dale Emanuel of Goodwill. True to form, cars were lined up outside the Goodwill store in McMinnville, waiting to drop off items.
St. Vincent de Paul, the Homeward Bound Pets Thrift Store, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and other charities were seeing a similar influx of donations. Like Goodwill, all sell the donated items locally and use the profits for charitable purposes — St. Vincent de Paul offers food and other help to those in need; Homeward Bound Pets operates a no-kill shelter for cats and dogs and a low-cost spay and neuter program; the ReStore supports Habitat home building programs; Goodwill offers jobs and Job Connections employment programs.
Where to make that end-of-the-year, tax-deductible donation — or a donation any time of the year:
* Homeward Bound Pets Thrift Store, 1220 N.E. Lafayette Avenue, McMinnville. The shop accepts household and pet items, books, knickknacks and jewelry. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 503-434-6545.
* Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1040 N.E. First St., McMinnville. The shop accepts new and reusable appliances, building materials, furniture, decorative items and books. Open Monday through Saturday. Call 434-6810.
* St. Vincent de Paul, 435 S.E. Baker St., McMinnville, accepts clothing, household items, books, furniture, etc. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 503-472-2003
* Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette, with stores in both McMinnville (1371 N.E. Highway 99W) and Newberg (2210 Portland Road, 971-832-8630), accepts clothing, household items, electronics, books, furniture — almost anything still usable. In addition to reselling donations in its stores to raise money, Goodwill recycles items that won’t sell, Emanuel said. It sends non-working electronics items, such as TVs and computers, go to the state e-cycling program. Other items are broken down into components and sold for salvage, she said.
* City Outreach Ministries, located in the basement of First Christian Church at 1300 Brooks St., McMinnville. The program accepts anything usable, as it provides free clothing and household goods to people in need. Limited hours. Call 503-434-4392.
* The Blessing Room, located at the Carlton Assembly of God Church, 337 S. Third St., Carlton, accepts clothing and household goods which are given away to anyone in need. Open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. For more information, check the Blessing Room Facebook page.