The Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) donated $100,000 it raised through various charity events in 2013 to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas. It is the second largest donation the association has made in support of the hospital’s work to help burn victims and their families. In 2012, the TSSA donated $70,000.
A group representing TSSA presented the check to the hospital’s board of governors on Jan. 28. During the meeting, TSSA Fundraising Committee Co-Chairs David and Doug Hunt provided an overview of fundraising projects, including the “Starfish: Make a Difference Campaign,” which allows association members to solicit donations and increase awareness among their customer base. Additional attendees included immediate past-president Mark Skeans, Sherrie Skeans of Mission Road Mini Storage, Bill Bellomy of Bellomy & Co., and Dan Hottowe of TBRC Roofing.
The group also met hospital staff and toured the facility, the highlight of which was a demonstration of the virtual-reality program that helps patients overcome pain during physical therapy. The virtual world distracts and engages a patient’s other senses, leaving less thought processes available to focus on the pain, and aids in recovery, according to a TSSA press release.
“It is an honor to be a part of an organization committed to supporting this amazing hospital network,” Doug Hunt said. “When we first started this, I couldn't have dreamed that eventually we'd be able to donate $100,000, but TSSA members are generous to the core."
The TSSA Fundraising Committee is currently making plans for its next campaign, which takes place in large part at the association’s annual conference, Oct. 26-28, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Established in 1986, the TSSA is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to enhancing the quality of the self-storage industry in Texas. The association provides opportunities for members to increase their knowledge of the self-storage industry through education, research, discussion and exchange of information.
Shriners Hospitals for Children includes 22 hospitals in Canada, Mexico and the United States, providing advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.