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Local charities say warmer weather will increase donations


If you'd like to be more giving local charities say they'll take it!  This time of year normally gives them an increase in donations.  But we spoke with a couple charities Thursday that say the lingering winter weather has forced them to wait for that boost. 

"Donations are our life blood," said Debie Coble at Goodwill.  But right now donations at Goodwill, "they're slow," said Coble, "we start to be a little concerned on whether or not we have enough to get through until garage sale season starts."  Because when garage sale season starts Coble said, "I would say in a lot of cases our donations almost double."

So when does that season start?  Coble said, "It really is dependent on when the weather breaks."  As the numbers on the thermometer increase Goodwill says their donations will increase too.  Jessie Stoltzfus at Hope Ministries in South Bend agrees, spring cleaning time means more donations.  But it just hasn't started yet.  "Everyone's ready for spring but we don't start cleaning closets until it gets warm so maybe in April and May we'll see a little bit more of that," said Stoltzfus.

When you do start cleaning your closets keep in mind that instead of tossing your old stuff you can give some away.  Hope Ministries said they could use fresh clothes especially one's for spring and summertime, bikes, alarm clocks, TV's, and everyday items like tissue's and trash bags.  They can also take towels and fresh pillows but they cannot accept furniture.

Goodwill said they will take any type of textile.  They'll also take small appliances that work, computers (whether they work or not), cell phones (whether they work or not),  household items like pots and pans, and furniture if it's in good condition.  They can't take large appliances.  And Coble said while they love garage sale season they don't necessarily want everything used in your garage, "Tires, used cans of paint those kinds of things, believe it or not we get a lot of those and we have to pay then to have them disposed."

Other than that local charities are happy to take what you may toss during spring cleaning.  "We love that time of year, it gets crazy busy and that's a wonderful thing," said Coble. 

If you'd like to donate both organizations say no need to call ahead just drop it off.



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