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Holiday donations help Goodwill Youngstown get through the slower winter months

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The holidays are a busy time of year but in this giving season, sometimes shoppers forget to donate items amid all of the buying.

But Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals have come and gone, and Goodwill Youngstown is working to help remind people about what this season is all about.

It’s getting the word out about holiday donations.

“When we get into January and February, donations slow up because of the weather. [Holiday donations] helps us to get through those months,” said Executive Director Michael McBride.

He says those who donate to nonprofits are able to get a deduction on their taxes. All you need is a list of the items donated and a receipt from Goodwill.

If you’re not sure of the value of each item, the IRS has a publication on how much your deduction is worth.

“The donations are really the lifeblood of the organization. We can turn those donations into dollars that help us pay employees to help support our program,” McBride said.

A big misconception is Goodwill is only a clothing store. While the company gets over three million pounds of donated clothes every year, the nonprofit also helps with vocational rehabilitation. That allows people who are homeless or live with disabilities to get back on their feet.

“In 2008, 2009, we were seeing a lot of people homeless, simply because the economy had such a big downturn, and they were a victim of circumstance and lost their job. Now we are seeing a lot of people homeless because of the heroin epidemic,” McBride said.

He says in his 38 years of working with the organization, no matter the circumstance, the Mahoning Valley has been a generous area.