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The Basis of Tax Deductions for Charitable Donations

How does it work?

The Our House of The Way/Mother Teresa Christian Spiritist Center became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit volunteer-run organization in 01/16/2020 - EIN 84-3014339. Contributions are tax-deductible and 100% of the donations go directly to our projects.

​Any donations worth $250 or more will be recognized with a receipt. You must have written confirmation from the MOTHER TERESA CHRISTIAN SPIRITIST CENTER to claim a deduction for cash, a check, or another monetary gift from the IRS. The confirmation must include the name of our organization, the date you made the contribution, and the amount of the gift. Charities are only required to provide written acknowledgment for donations over $250 you can always ask for one. 

Look for the 501(c)(3) search for Our House of The Way/MOTHER TERESA CHRISTIAN SPIRITIST CENTER in the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search designation to be sure that our charity is qualified. You must donate to a qualified charitable organization to claim this itemized deduction.  ​Your donation is deductible the same year in which it's made. If you give household goods or clothing, it must be in good condition. 

We will be happy to deliver your tax receipt, but for that we will need your personal information (Full name / address / description of donations and value). To request the values ​​of your donations see the classification with values ​​in the tables below and answer your questions).


​Unfortunately, if you have not requested your tax receipt on the same day of your donation delivery, we will not be able to provide it after that. As soon as the items are received they are immediately donated to the community and we will no longer have control of it to make the assessment of values. The request of a tax receipt along with the evaluation of your items are your responsibility.  

For food donations or any other brand new items, we ask that you provide us with the store receipt, or it must be delivered via email to so you can receive the same amount in the tax-receipt to the IRS.

Frequently Asked Questions:


  • What types of donations do you accept?​  ​

  First question we should ask ourselves when we are going to select a donation, is how I would like to receive my donation if I were the person who will be receiving it. Put all the strength of your love in this act of giving. When giving we must have the empathy to put ourselves in the other's shoes and reflect on what we are giving and how we are giving. At that moment we must bring to our thoughts the words of the Gospel of Jesus: "Love one another as I have loved you!"

  • What is the destination of the donations?


​  All donations received are donated at no cost to the Benton Harbor community. We have several registered families waiting for donations, such as mattresses, furniture, house utensils, food, clothes and shoes, among others.

  • Do you collect donations?


  Unfortunately not, so we need you to schedule a date with us so we can deliver the donations in Benton Harbor. If you do not have a truck, we suggest that you rent a Uhaul and give us receipts for expenses so that we can provide the tax receipt in full.


$5 per full bag (20 gallon trash bag) 

Items such as: women's clothing, men's clothing, children's clothing, bags, handbags, footwear, scarves, belts, eyewear, gloves, etc.


$10 for smaller items, $20 for bigger items

Items such as: sofa, armchair, table/floor lamp, coffee table, end table, kitchen set, dresser, mattress, bed frame, etc.


$5 per full bag  (20 gallon trash bag)

Items such as: area rugs, blankets, books, curtains, drapes, pillows, bed sheets, board games, card games, toys, etc.


$10 for smaller items, $20 for bigger items

Items such as: coffee maker, iron, radio, television, vacuum cleaner, printer, desktop computer, dish washer, washer, dryer,  fridge, oven, etc.

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