Published: Dec 26, 2011 9:23 PM EST
Updated: Dec 27, 2011 12:02 AM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- For months we've heard: buy, buy, buy. Now, some Southwest Floridians are turning to giving to end the holiday period. They made a steady stream of donations at Goodwill centers across the area on Monday.

"Hey, the day after Christmas is a good time to go through the closet and clear out things you don't need, so others can have things," said Jim Wilgus of South Fort Myers. He dropped off some clothes at the Goodwill at Plantation and Daniels Pkwy.

Many people in the charity field consider the day after Christmas to be the busiest, or certainly one of the two or three, busiest days of the year for donating.

"I believe it, because you have to clear out after getting holiday gifts, and you also want to take advantage of the tax breaks by giving before the end of the year," said Tom Poinsett of Lee County, as he dropped off some clothes and a dvd player.

"It feels great to do this. Helping others, giving back to the community," said Elisa Stoll of South Fort Myers. 

Steve Feidler dropped off clothes, pictures and towels. 

"It is best for us. Makes us feel better," he told WINK News.

Salvation Army donation centers did not open on Monday. They are expected to be open to take in donations, starting on Tuesday, Dec. 27.