A Big Yellow Self Storage facility on the far Northeast Side of London, England, is donating 18 free boxes and free use of one of its units to a local family after its home was waterlogged and smoke-damaged from a fire.
Tarek Elafi, who lives in the Gants Hill neighborhood, made local news in London after he was able to get his wife and three children out of their burning home on May 4. Elafi told the source the family home will be uninhabitable for six months while the cleanup and remodeling is underway, creating a need for self-storage. The Big Yellow facility, also located in Gants Hill, saw reports on the news and decided to step in.
Store manager Ibrahim Khan told the source, "We always like to give to charities and help out the community in times of need. This was a very sad and shocking incident, and we hope this small gesture will help Tarek and his family through a difficult time.”
Big Yellow Self-Storage has 61 facilities in the United Kingdom, with most concentrated in Greater London.