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Goodwill donation drop-off open 38 straight hours

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The Goodwill of Southern Nevada will have the donation drop-off location at 4580 W. Sahara open for 38 straight hours, from Thursday, Dec. 27 at 7 a.m., until Friday at 9 p.m., to accommodate the end-of-year giving rush.  

"This last week before the start of the new year, we're expecting 20,000 people to donate gently used goods to Goodwill," said spokesperson Kathy Topp.

It makes for the busiest donation week of the year for the nonprofit organization. 

The rush comes at the very end of the year because many are looking for a final tax deduction in 2012. All donors are handed tax receipts. 

Donor Gary Koppel calls it a circle of good will, for Goodwill. 

"By giving everybody a deduction it applies it towards other people, because guess what, it's gonna help (donors) to come back more often," Koppel said.

Donations are sorted and then sold in 10 valley retail locations to fund free job training and job placement services.

Donations also employ 570 Las Vegans, such as laid-off cabinet maker Fernando Oquendo.

Oquendo has been working at the Sahara Goodwill location for over a year. He is thankful for the great donations he's seen dropped off during the holiday season.

"We get expensive stuff. Expensive purses, watches, brand new toys, Xbox 360s, Playstation 3s; all that kind of stuff we get," Oquendo said.

Goodwill has more than 40 donation sites in the Las Vegas valley. Locations can be found here.

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