South African self-storage operator Stor-Age recently participated in two charitable campaigns to benefit children in need.
First, the company co-organized the Create Happiness drive, an annual collection of toys, clothing and other children's goods. Stor-Age locations succeeded in collecting enough donations to fill units of various sizes, with the Western Cape store filling the largest space: a 28-square-meter unit.
Second, the company used Facebook to run a fundraising campaign for The Children's Hospital Trust, which benefits a Red Cross hospital in the Western Cape area. The campaign promised Facebook users that for every new Stor-Age "fan" added over a certain time frame, the company would donate a designated amount to the trust. The end result was a 5,000 rand (about $613) donation, which Stor-Age Business Development Manager Robbie Cameron delivered to the trust's office in early March.
"I had visited the hospital before and, in fact I was once a patient [there]," Cameron said. "I had the pleasure of visiting the children a few months ago and was so encouraged by the helpful and friendly staff, as well as the fortitude that the kids showed through their difficulties. It was quite inspiring to see how all the children could still put a big smile on despite their issues, and this must be a testimony to the magnificent doctors and nurses that work here."
Stor-Age has 13 locations in mostly urban areas, such as Cape Town and Johannesburg, with six more locations listed as "coming soon" on the company website.