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Nonprofits get influx of donations at year’s end

POSTED: December 31, 2013 11:57 p.m.

Charitable organizations in the area experienced a surge in donations at year’s end as individuals sought to qualify for a write-off on their 2013 taxes.

The ReStore of Habitat for Humanity of Hall County, a mission which sells housing hardwares to the public at a reduced price and uses the funds for building projects, saw many goods contributed over the last few days.

“We’ve received about $6,000 worth of new hardware supplies,” said assistant director Alison McElvery. “This year seems particularly big. ... We just got a truckload of trim in from someone and we had no trim at all, which is unbelievable. We got paint supplies from Sherwin-Williams, and we just got a brand-new beautiful, handmade red oak entertainment center that a gentleman delivered in his truck. We seem to be getting more than usual ... so it seems that people are looking to do this before the end of the year so that they can have the tax deduction slip.”

McElvery said that in addition to physical supplies, the ReStore also took in monetary donations from its website, which “goes directly into the building fund for us to build more houses.”

The North Georgia Community Foundation, a charity organization that supports local nonprofits and donors, also saw an increase in givings. Foundation president Jim Mathis said the influx of donations is common for this time of year.

“It happens practically every year. (However) it’s definitely better than last year. We’ve made a lot of gifts to nonprofits at the end of the year ... so we’ve had a lot of activity,” he said.

“People do like to get a tax deduction.”

And though 2013 is now past, it’s never too early to get started on donating for this year.

The ReStore, located at 2285 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville, is always in need of donations and volunteers. To find out more, visit habitathallcounty.org or call 770-718-1070.

For additional information on arranging donations through the North Georgia Community Foundation, visit ngcf.org or call 770-535-7880.


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