By Natalie Zarowny
Today the Quad City Salvation Army has thirty extra employees on staff, plus extended hours.
It's all to accommodate the rush of folks dropping off donations.
"It's the busiest donation day of the year, when people hurry up to come in," said Alex Velasquez of the Salvation Army.
Velasquez said the last day to make a tax deductible donation always brings in the crowds.
"Tax incentive is always a reason, plus we have perfectly good stuff that can be used, we just don't need it anymore," said David Griffin, who's donating today.
But it's not just the breaks inspiring donations.
"It's been a rough year for my family and we want to bless people, be a blessing to other people this time of year," said Misty Dobbs, who's donating today.
The Salvation Army prepared for today's rush with a donation drop off site on Brady Street manned with extra employees, plus extended hours until 8 tonight.
But workers aren't complaining.
"Donations of items, goods, have dropped drastically. The snowstorm crippled our whole fleet of fourteen trucks and we were unable to pick up donations," said Velasquez.
And even though today is the last day for your 2012 taxes, donations are always appreciated.
"We wish this would go on for days instead of one day. We need all the help we can get," said Velasquez.
Today's also the last day to make tax deductible donations to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.
You can do that by calling 1–800–SAL–ARMY or by going to any Salvation Army web site.