Self-storage operators around the world are getting into the holiday spirit by kicking off various charity drives.
Big Key Self Storage in Miami is collecting unwrapped gifts for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive. The facility is also donating use of its rental truck to the organization. In addition, Big Key will also lend its truck to the Toy Fest at Es Morada Florida on Dec. 16-18, and made it available during a NASCAR event Nov. 18-21 in Homestead, Fla.
1st Security Self Storage in Davenport, Fla., is hosting a toy and food drive. New, unwrapped toys collected through Dec. 22 will be donated to the Toys for Tots, while non-perishable foods collected until Nov. 22 will be donated to the Agape Food Bank.
Atlanta-based Storage Post Self Storage is partnering with the non-profit organization Jersey Cares to distribute 50,000 donated coats to at-risk men, women and children in New Jersey. The companys storage facilities in Linden and Jersey City, N.J., will act as official drop-off locations for donations through Dec. 15. The drive is seeking gently-used, freshly-laundered coats in good condition. The storage facilities have also offered the use of their storage units and moving trucks to other local groups participating in the collection.
Guardian Self Storage is also participating in a coat drive. The facility in Newburgh, N.Y., is sponsoring the Hudson Valley Coat Drive. The Newburgh Free Academy Interact Club donated 75 coats it collected on its campus in October. The club also donated blankets and sweaters.
Lock+Storage in Singapore is teaming up with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to urge people to adopt rather than buy pets this holiday season. The two organizations have launched a series of postcards, each featuring an animal currently up for adoption. The postcards, which also include profiles of the animals, also help raise funds for the SPCA.
The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., provided Thanksgiving baskets to local churches to deliver to community members. Each basket contained all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal along with a gift certificate to Shop Rite for choice of either a turkey or a ham. The facility has been owned by the Meckel family for more than 30 years.
- RecordOnline.com: NFA Interact Club Donates Coats, Sweaters, Blankets
- The Ledger: Toy, Food Drive
- The Sunday Times: SPCA Urges Shoppers to Adopt Pets Instead of Buying