Carteret County nonprofits hope for last minute end-of-year donations | News

More from the city — As 2021 draws to a close on Friday, county nonprofits are hoping for a last-minute rush in tax-deductible donations this week.

One organization that has seen a significant increase in items coming into its thrift store is The Salvation Army.

“This is always the time of year when we see an increase in people bringing in donations and shopping,” Major Aaron Goldfarb of the Salvation Army said in Morehead City on Thursday.

To accommodate those who want to take down items for the 2021 tax-free credit, the Salvation Army thrift store will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Years Eve. Receipts will be provided upon request.

Items sold through a thrift store help support the store’s operations, as well as go to support the organization’s social services, financial aid, and disaster relief programs.

We also welcome financial donations, which are used for the same programs. Major Goldfarb said that with the recent hurricanes hitting states in the Midwest, the Salvation Army is also accepting donations that will go to the organization’s relief efforts in those areas.

Donations for hurricane relief efforts can be made at and make a note that they are for disaster relief. For those who would like to make a local donation that can also be used for hurricane relief, Major Goldfarb said checks can be donated to the Salvation Army, with “hurricanes” written on the note line.

Residents wishing to make a donation to the local Salvation Army efforts can donate online at Donations can also be made at the organization’s office at 2800 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC 28557.

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The Carteret County Hope Mission is also seeing an increase in the number of people hoping to make last-minute contributions for 2021.

“This happens every year around this time. We sent out a Christmas appeal on Thanksgiving and got a good response until the end of the year,” Mission Hope CEO Jane McClendon said on Wednesday. “People here are very generous with their donations.”

The financial donations are used to support several Hope Mission ministries, which include a soup kitchen, homeless women and men shelters, five homes for people dealing with substance abuse issues, the Financial Assistance Program, the Ministry of Meals on Wheels and a thrift store that generates money for the mission.

Stephanie Pfister, office manager for Hope Mission, said the thrift store has seen a huge increase in people delivering things, too.

“The donations are pouring in,” she said.

To accommodate people willing to hand over donations on New Year’s Eve, Ms Pfister said the thrift store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Receipts will be available upon request.

For those who would like to make a financial donation to the Hope Mission, they can visit the website. They can also mail donations to Hope Mission at PO Box 1438, Morehead City, NC 28557. However, in order to receive the 2021 tax credit, donations must be received by Friday.

A family promise to Carteret County Executive Sandy Hewitt is also hoping to see a surge in year-end contributions.

“We recently sent out our year-end offer letter and hope to get a good response,” she said on Tuesday. “We rely solely on our community and our churches for support.”

Family Promise houses homeless families at its center located at 1500 Arendell Street in Morehead, and cash donations as well as other items can be delivered there. Always welcome items include toilet paper, paper towels, and laundry detergent. Donations can also be made online at

The day center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Friday for those wishing to hand over donations.

Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity is also anticipating a rush of last-minute donations at the Restore and its Newport offices.

“We will be open to receiving donations and donations can be made online,” Habitat CEO Tammy Blizzard said Monday. We don’t take clothes, but appliances, furniture and building materials. We’ll be getting big discounts on New Year’s Eve.”

The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until New Year’s Eve. Those interested in making a financial donation can do so at or at PO Box 789, Newport, NC 28570.

Carteret County Humane Society animal shelter assistant directors, left, Elaine McGowan and Cassandra Tobag sorted through some of the many pet supplies donated in early December. The Animal Shelter is among the many organizations hoping for year-end donations. (Photo by Cheryl Burke)

Another organization seeing a significant increase in contributions is the Carteret County Humane Shelter in Newport. There has been a slight increase in cash donations, as well as in items such as dog food, cat food, blankets and toys, said Rachel Harden, director of the shelter.

“The only thing we can use right now is more cat litter,” she said on December 20.

Those who want to drop off their stuff at the shelter at 853 Hibbs Road in Newport can do so from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, or during the week. Financial donations can also be made at the shelter or online at or at and search for the Carteret County Humane Society.

While nonprofits need donations, it’s important that donors donate wisely and responsibly, according to Charity Navigator. The group, based in Glen Rock, NJ, helps guide smart giving by assessing the financial health, accountability and transparency of 9,000 charities. For directions and tips on responsible giving, go to

Call Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email; Or follow us on Twitter @cherylccnt.


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