Goodwill is preparing for one of the busiest donations weeks of the year as donors race against the clock to beat the tax deduction deadline.During the final week of 2011, Goodwill expects thousands of citizens to donate, so they can meet the charity tax deduction deadline of December 31.On Tuesday, employees of Bellevue Express Donation Center in western Davidson County were on hand ready to organize donated items. "We can use just about anything they have around their house that they would give to a friend, that's sort of the qualifier," said David Lifsey of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee. Lifsey told Nashville's News 2 this year the non-profit organization is in need of clothing donations. "Oddly enough, clothing for some reason [is what we are in need of] and usually clothing is what we have the most of," he said. Anita DeFrancesca was among those who were donating to the organization on Tuesday afternoon. "We brought clothes and dishes and stuff that we weren't using," she said, adding, "We got new stuff, so we're turning in the old so we can make room for the new." Not only do donors benefit from donating to Goodwill, area stores also depend on the end-of-the-year donations to help restock empty shelves after the holidays. Anyone planning to donate an item that is worth more than $500 to Goodwill is advised to have it appraised by a professional. All donations for 2011 must be received by 5 p.m. Saturday.
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