12/26/2012 6:18 PM
by Rebecca Turco
As the year comes to a close, many people are donating to local organizations for a tax write-off.
Many folks donate larger items such as cars before the end of the year so they can receive a receipt for their taxes, according to Salvation Army officials.
But there are still altruistic donors out there. "Folks give because they know we do good with what we're given," said Captain Robert Barber of the Salvation Army in Beckley. "We try to be good stewards of that. We have our promise to people to do the most good with what they do give to us."
The Beckley Salvation Army aimed to raise $180,000 from Thanksgiving-time until Christmas Eve, but their kettles collected only around 107-thousand dollars. This decrease in donations can be attributed to the economy, according to officials. The Salvation Army accepts donations throughout the year.