With ice, snow, and bitter winds covering much of the United States, now is the time when charities most rely on used clothing donations to help people in need. But when one worker was sorting through end-of-the-year clothing donations at a St. Charles, MO, Goodwill store, she found more than coats and sweaters.
Goodwill employee Holly Henderson, who works at the 2420 West Clay Street location, began sorting through three large plastic bags that had been dropped off at the store earlier that day on Tuesday, Dec. 30. But when she began searching the pockets of one garment, she found $1,200 in cash.
Henderson immediately told her boss about it, thinking that the person who had dropped off the donations had left the cash in a pocket by accident.
The Goodwill store isn’t releasing the denominations of the bills or the particular garment that they had been left in. Instead, they are hoping the donor will come forward with their information if they want to reclaim their cash.
After employees figured out when that particular donation arrived, store management determined that it had been dropped off by a person driving a white sedan, according to footage from the store’s security cameras, sometime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day.
As for Henderson, she said she didn’t even think of keeping the money and knew she had to do the right thing. “I wouldn’t want someone to do that to me,” she said. “I had to turn it in.”
If the money is not claimed within 30 days, it will go toward Goodwill’s programs to help the veterans and people with disabilities.
This isn’t the first time that clothing donations to Goodwill have contained a little something extra. Sums of $3,000, $5,000, $7,500, and even more than $14,000 have all been discovered at MERS/Goodwill stores in Missouri.
Donors are encouraged to check pockets thoroughly before giving to charities. Those who are looking to save a little cash can also look into tax deductions if they’ve given clothing donations or other charitable gifts at any point during 2014.
In terms of which charities qualify for such tax deductions, clothing donations for veterans’ groups, churches, synagogues, non-profit hospitals, public charities, and other organizations are all valid. Donors should ensure that they give items that are in good, reusable condition, and that they keep their receipts, so they are able to make their deductions come tax return time.