Vernon F. Reed Jr., the chief executive officer of the Bergen-Hudson chapter of the American Red Cross, said his organization promotes such eleventh-hour giving.
"We encourage people to give at this time because it helps us and it helps them," Reed
said."Occasionally I engage with somebody who is truly being altruistic, but for the most part I believe it is about tax relief ... and we encourage it."
At the Red Cross headquarters in Ridgewood, Reed
said recent donations were substantial.
"At this time of year, it is incredible what people will drop off," Reed
"There are some people who say, this is my New Year's resolution to get this stuff cleaned out," Reed
said, adding that residents donate unwanted furniture, clothing and other items that may have been barely used and sitting in the garage or hanging in the closet for years.
Write-offs were not on Lamanda Threatt's mind when she
arrived at Englewood's Salvation Army
The 27-year-old Jersey City resident said she
simply wanted to start the year off in the right spirit.