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End-of-the-Year rush to donate

You have just one day to get rid of that ugly sweater you got for Christmas AND get a tax deduction for your efforts. Many people rush to donate to charities on Dec. 31, because it’s the last day to get your donation to count on this year’s tax return.  If you’re like me, you clean out your closets while putting away the Christmas decorations, and you find all sorts of stuff you don’t need. Or you’ve recently gotten addicted to Hoarders and now want to get rid of everything. If you’re looking to clean up or to regift your presents, here are some suggestions:

  • Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, will have extended donation hours on New Year’s Eve. Stores will take donations, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, and the attended sites at area shopping centers will take them, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for details on where to donate.
  • Salvation Army has a thrift store at 2010 Lafayette Blvd. Donations are accepted 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., call 540/891-2242 for details.
  • Magnolia Thrift Shop is at 3993 Lafayette Blvd. and takes household furnishings, kitchenware, lamps, collectibles, crafts, toys, books, and decorator items. Proceeds benefit Hospice Support Care. Call 540/710-6226 for details.
  • Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence takes used cell phones for abuse victims to call for help in emergencies.  The office is at 271 Warrenton Rd. Call 540/373-9372 for details.