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Local Donation Centers Process Year-End Rush Of Contributions

Donations fill up the entryway to a Goodwill Southern California Donation Center in Pasadena during the first week of 2020.
Donations fill up the entryway to a Goodwill Southern California Donation Center in Pasadena during the first week of 2020.
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Now that the holiday season is winding down, thrift shops run by Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and other organizations are tallying up the annual flood of December donations. 

"It's always been a tradition that our donors donate between Christmas and New Year's ... and the last couple days of the year, they donate even more," Goodwill Southern California director of logistics Tinna Bauer explained. "Some do it for tax purposes, and some ... when they if they receive new items for Christmas, they clean out the old."