Extra Space Storage Inc. is donating space at its Vine Street self-storage facility in Hollywood, Calif., for groups collecting supplies on behalf of Haiti earthquake survivors. The supplies are coming from various donations, benefits and fundraisers in the Los Angeles area.
Miel Goodwin and Dina Joseph, volunteers from Brown Crown Media, are working alongside actor Omar Epps, relief foundation Yéle Haiti, radio station KDAY-FM and others to collect clothes, shoes, non-perishable foods, tents, tarps, insulation, water, medical supplies and baby products. The volunteers have established donation centers throughout the region, including the Extra Space facility in Hollywood. Goodwin and Joseph spend their Saturdays to packing and sorting items for shipment via the U.S. military and United Nations.
“We are still working through some issues with entry via ports and airplane into the country,” said Goodwin. “We can’t move these donations as quickly as we would want. That is something to be expected with any natural disaster, so it’s critical to have a staging site for shipping supplies.”
Individuals interested in making a financial contribution to the relief effort can visit Yele.org, the organization started by Haitian musician Wyclef Jean. There are food and clothing donation sites in Hollywood, West Covina, La Verne, Palo Verdes, Cahuenga and Santa Monica, Calif. For more information about relief efforts being made in Los Angeles, visit Browncrownmedia.com. Questions about donations, times or volunteering can be e-mailed to [email protected].
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Extra Space is a self-storage real estate investment trust that owns or operates 766 self-storage properties in 33 states and Washington, D.C. The Company's properties comprise approximately 510,000 units and more than 55 million square feet of rentable space.