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Giving Do's & Dont's

Updated: Tuesday, December 4 2012, 06:25 PM EST

When it comes to donating to charity this holiday season, at least two charitable organizations in the mountains say 'leave your junk at home.' 

Jean Ramsey of Goodwill in West Asheville says her group can always use clothes, toys and furniture in good shape,  But she also pointed out the trash among the treasures.  Broken items, items without all the parts, dirty, stained, or ripped clothing go in the trash.  Goodwill will not take mattresses or exercise equipment.  Ramsey says the additional cost of disposing of so much trash is money that could go towards its job-training program.

Colonel Ernest Miller of the Salvation Army says his group faces the same problem.  While the Salvation Army does take most clothes and mattresses, they do not take computers, toys or baby cribs.  Miller says paying to haul unwanted items to the landfill costs money.  Ramsey says a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself 'would I buy this now? or give it to someone I know?'  If the answer is 'no' it should probably not be donated.

by Karen Wynne

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