GROTON AND NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Cars continually come in to the parking lot of the Goodwill store in Groton.
They all pull to the left rear of the store where the donation center is located.
It’s been a busy week for workers who took in 179 donations on Monday, another 179 on Tuesday, and 143 gently used items on Wednesday.
“Right here, sir,” said Nelson Rivera as he directs a man donating clothing to a bin next the sliding glass doors. “Thank you.”
New Year’s Eve is also busy maybe even busier.
“See I’m sweating and it’s a little chilly outside but it’s been busy very busy very very busy,” said the retail material handler.
“If you’re going to do it you got to do it by the end of the year,” said Ryan Graham of Ledyard as he takes a receipt for his donations.
This is the last day donations can be counted as deductions on 2015 income tax returns.
“It’s win win for whoever gets my old clothing and it’s win for my taxes,” said Graham.
Not everyone is looking for that last minute tax break.
“We do get the receipt but that’s not really the reason why we’re doing it,” said Jason Steele of Gales Ferry.
Some folks says it’s a good time to clean house and help others.
“It will be recycled, somebody else can use it, and they can get a bargain here,” said Jan Binkowski.
Folks can also get bargains at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in New London.
End of year donations have been non-stop at those thrift stores statewide. They’ve taken in a thousand pieces of furniture and 80,000 pounds of clothing a week. Plus 60,000 pounds of what they consider bric-a-brac this week alone.
Folks inspired by the tax break and the desire to spread good will this holiday season.
“Happy New Year,” said Rivera as he loads up another bin with new donations.