Update 2/24/14 – The food drive for the Kitsap Humane Society brought in about 2,000 pounds of pet food, Danielson told the source. The food was picked up by shelter director Eric Stevens on Valentine’s Day.
Self-storage facility rivals in Bainbridge and Poulsbo, Wash., are squaring off to see which team can bring in the most food donations for Kitsap Humane Society (KHS). Reliable Storage Bainbridge and Reliable Storage Poulsbo are battling Bainbridge Self Storage, Bainbridge North Storage and Pacific Storage in Poulsbo in the fundraiser, which runs until Feb. 13. Pet-food donations can be made at any of the facilities. The winner will receive a box of Valentine’s chocolates courtesy of the losing team.
Reliable Storage and Bainbridge Self Storage entered into a similar challenge in 2013 to collect food for Helpline House, which provides a number of community services. Janice Danielson, manager of Bainbridge Self Storage, challenged Curt Bonderant, manager of Reliable Storage, to beat her donation number during the drive, which ran from Feb. 23 to March 9. The one who collected the least number of items was required to add two extra bags of groceries and wash the competitor’s car. The facilities brought in a combined 1,000 pounds of donations, with Danielson in the lead.
Established in 1908, KHS depends on donations to care for animals in need. Governed by a volunteer board of directors consisting of local community and business leaders, it educates the public on animal-welfare issues and how to better care for pets.
In addition to its Bainbridge and Poulsbo locations, Reliable Storage also has facilities in Bremerton, Kingston, Port Orchard and Silverdale, Wash.
Bainbridge Self Storage, Bainbridge Self Storage North and Pacific Storage are owned by Urban Self Storage Inc., which was founded in 1987. The company operates more than 55 facilities in New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.