CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- People scrambled to turn in charitable donations Monday as 2012 came to a close, the director of community relations for Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley said.
"This is generally our highest time of the year for donations," said Kathy McKinley. "We try and pull in full staff and have all hands on deck."
Many want a charitable tax deduction, and McKinley said the drop-off location makes sure to have plenty of people ready to write donation receipts.
Covenant House also sees an influx of donations at the end of the year, said Ellen Allen, executive director. This year, that increase began before Thanksgiving, she said.
End-of-the-year donations are common at nonprofit charities, Allen said, because people are feeling more generous during the holidays and want to take advantage of tax credits.
This year the charities saw a 190 percent increase in community donations compared to last year, Allen said. Covenant House gets state and federal money for housing programs and HIV/AIDS prevention programs, but has to raise 40 percent of its budget with community donations.
"We will use these donations throughout the year, but the need is 12 months of the year," Allen said. "We're very grateful for a community that has responded the way this community has."
Most of the donations come through the mail but five to 10 people a day donate food, clothing and hygiene products at the charity, she said.
As many are uncertain about what 2013 holds in terms of finances. Steve Robey, the managing partner of Arnett Foster Toothman PLLC, who handles the firm's tax practice, said charitable contributions might become more valuable in the year ahead.