SMARTBOX, a provider of portable storage, has formed a partnership with the American Red Cross to enhance the organization’s disaster-relief services and assist its chapters in the 34 markets SMARTBOX serves. During times of natural disaster, SMARTBOX has promised to provide assistance by storing supplies and transporting them to Red Cross distribution points. It will also offer a discount to all Red Cross employees, volunteers and retirees who have moving and storage needs.
For example, in the event of an emergency such as a hurricane, the Red Cross will contact SMARTBOX, which will deliver its portable-storage containers to affected areas. The containers will be loaded with pallets of shrink-wrapped supplies and distributed to shelters in need, greatly expediting the process the Red Cross currently uses.
SMARTBOX also will provide services and assistance to Red Cross chapters in the areas it serves, such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, San Antonio and Los Angeles.
Named one of the best franchises in the country by the Franchise Business Review in 2007, SMARTBOX helped deliver more than 50,000 items to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Founded in 2003 and based in Richmond, Va., the company serves more than 60 million customers nationwide. For more information, visit www.smartboxusa.com.
The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. Visit www.redcross.org for details.