Self-storage operators in New York and New Jersey continue to step forward with assistance for residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. Treasure Island Storage, Tuck-It-Away Self-Storage and Westy Self Storage are all holding donation drives to either collect items for victims or raise money for storm-related relief funds.
Treasure Island Storage is offering storm victims a month of free storage for all unit sizes at all nine of its facilities in New Jersey and New York. In addition, the company will donate $25 from all new rentals from Nov. 1 through the end of the year to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund created by Gov. Chris Christie and his wife Pat, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which is accepting financial donations to support hurricane-relief efforts.
The company’s goal is to raise more than $25,000. “Many of our employees, customers and families are located in New York and New Jersey, and our thoughts are with them as they work through the damages caused by the storm. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many have been unfortunately impacted by flooding, wind damage and fallen trees,” company officials said. “During this difficult time, Treasure Island Storage would like to help in any way we can. We are very fortunate that we had no damage to our buildings and our clients’ spaces. We believe in safety first and resulting in a secure environment for our staff and clients.”
Tuck-It-Away Self-Storage has designated 25 portable units for a month of free rent to New York residents or businesses severely affected by the storm. The company is also offering free pick-up service, moving support and boxes for those who rent the portable units. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Renters must present proof of residence in a flooded or damaged area and answer basic questions outlining their needs, company officials said.
“We were grateful that all of Tuck-It-Away’s storage units were spared from damage, and wanted to give back to the community,” said Pam Sprayregen, director of marketing.
In addition, Tuck-It-Away is offering a free month of storage and two free boxes for all new customers in New York who stay a minimum of two months at any of its 13 facilities. The company is also setting aside money for the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
“We know some New Yorkers’ wallets are hurting after Sandy, with the lack of subways and price-gouging cabbies, and we wanted to offer a little financial relief as well,” said Nick Sprayregen, Tuck-It-Away president. “Additionally, we know people might be feeling a little more cramped than usual if they have extended parts of their homes to others. We wanted to offer the one thing that we really can, which is a little bit more space and breathing room for everyone.”
Westy Self Storage has designated its three facilities on Long Island as drop-off points for those wishing to donate items for victims. Needed supplies include pillows, pillow cases, blankets, mops, brooms, buckets, shovels, batteries, work gloves, winter gloves, contractor garbage bags, pails, crow bars, sledge hammers and storage bins.
The company is working with Family-to-Family Inc., a nonprofit hunger-relief organization. Along with providing needed supplies for hurricane victims, Family-to-Family is matching donors with individual families in need of assistance to help with recovery over a longer duration.
Westy will provide temporary storage for collected donations and deliver them via its rental truck fleet and Family-to-Family to the areas most affected by the storm, company officials said.
“With such vast devastation in our area, we had to do something to help.” said Yasir Zaidi, Westy’s district director for its Long Island locations. “Together with Family-to-Family, I am confident we can make a difference. Even the smallest of donations will go a long way in helping areas of complete devastation.”
The company operates 17 self-storage locations across Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.