Access Self Storage, a self-storage operator with six facilities in Texas, turned its appearance on a TV reality show into a community event that also raised money for a local charity. The A&E network show “Storage Wars: Texas” filmed a segment at an Access Self Storage facility last August. The company’s owners celebrated with two neighborhood viewing parties on Dec. 12.
Access Self Storage owners Doug and David Hunt hosted one party at Bienvenidos Restaurant & Cantina in Lancaster, Texas, while marketing director Jennifer Hunt hosted another in North Dallas. Tenants and friends from all six of the company’s facilities attended, as did “Storage Wars: Texas” auctioneer Walt Cade.
During the planning phase of the parties, Doug Hunt saw more than simply an opportunity for a fun evening. “We decided we could take a big success for us and use it to help out our community,” he said. The owners asked attendees to bring a new toy to the festivities. The toys, along with a $5-per-toy donation from Access, were given to the Lancaster Outreach Center for distribution during the holidays.
Access Self Storage has six locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The operation's website features a "Community" tab, which highlights contests, events and other community outreach.
The Lancaster Outreach Center provides services to low-income families in Lancaster, Wilmer and Hutchins, Texas. The organization provides emergency assistance, job training, counseling and school-support services.