As the holidays linger for just a few more days, local nonprofits are still seeing an increase in donations — especially with tax season around the corner.

“You may be eligible to take a tax deduction for your donations,” Joanne Kopanski, H&R Block franchise owner, said, although there are other variables to receiving a tax deduction.

Representatives of local nonprofits say they always see an uptick in donations around this time.

“Yes, it’s always the time of year to do that,” Charlotte Rodriguez, with the American Red Cross, said of seeing an increase in donations for the tax period.

Theo McClammy, the executive director of Onslow Community Outreach, said they’ve seen a significant increase in donations this year.

“Normally, the summer is a period of time in which we experience a dip in donations of supplies and food…,” he said. “Our bottom line tends to improve and begin to balance with revenues from Oktoberfest, as well as end of year giving.”

This year, he said, they’ve seen an increase in donations of food, clothing items, and coats to their shelter program.

Natural disasters, like Hurricane Matthew, Rodriguez said, trigger people to donate more and volunteer more. The holiday and pre-tax season, she said, was probably equal to or increased some in donations.

For those who plan to try to deduct donations from their taxes, Kopanski said she recommends keeping receipts from every donation.

The Hem, for example, will give you a receipt for donations and there’s an amount a person can use for tax deductions, she said.

“A lot of people do that because they’re already aware of it,” she said. “And maybe it’s because people are cleaning out their closets to get rid of their clothes.”

Other places, she said, accept car donations and some schools and colleges will accept donations of tools.

“You can’t give to a person (for a tax deduction),” she said. “It has to be a qualified charitable organization. I know a lot of time people donate to people going through medical issues, but we can’t deduct that.”

When people file their taxes, they can choose a standard deduction or itemize their donations, Kopanski said.

“If an itemized deduction is larger than a standard deduction that the IRS gives a taxpayer, that’s a good thing,” she said. “That’s the only place we can deduct qualifying charitable organizations is if we’re itemizing.”

It’s better to just be prepared for any questions the IRS may have, Kopanski said.

“As far as donations go, you want to keep good records,” she said.

Organizations like Onslow Community Outreach provide receipts and thank you cards that can qualify as donation documentation.

“This is a particularly important time of year for our soup kitchen,” McClammy said. “Gas cards and additional money and food items will help to sustain the soup kitchen for the spring.”