The LifeStorage self-storage facility of Mokena, Ill., is extending its food-drive efforts to support the Frankfort Township Food Pantry. The drive started last winter to gather Thanksgiving and Christmas food and supplies for families. Because of the campaign's success, LifeStorage will continue the drive throughout 2012. To date the facility has collected 12 bags of food and personal supplies such as baby products, toiletries, toys and books.
To bolster community interest, the self-storage facility is raffling off a gift basket on March 31. Each food or cash donation of $2 or more earns a person one ticket.
“We want to stress to those currently in need that we are here for them and are looking for more ways that we can help, and have further plans to help provide beyond our current food drive," said Kelly Butt, one of the facility managers.
"We're doing this to try to encourage donations at this time more than ever because while people feel very giving during the holidays, people are still in need of food and other necessary supplies all year round,” added facility manager Megan Tolbert.
LifeStorage was founded in 2002 by owners Jean Jodoin and Christopher Barry. The currently has 17 locations in Chicago and its suburbs, with two more opening later this year.