The Arizona Self-Storage Association (AZSSA) has launched its first annual statewide W. Steven Martin Police Toy Drive Campaign. The association is encouraging all of its member facilities to participate in the campaign by serving as drop-off locations for donations.
Participating in the drive is the ideal way for AZSSA members to give back to their local communities and work with local law-enforcement officials, according to association president Martin Lorch. Participating in the toy drive gives member facilities the opportunity to make a difference and bring happiness to many disadvantaged children this Christmas, he said.
In 1989, Phoenix radio personality W. Steven Martin enlisted local police officers to distribute toys to children in need and at-risk families in the Phoenix area. Toys were stockpiled in a garage, where officers from various agencies would pick them up for distribution. As word spread, corporate sponsors signed on as toy partners; someone donated a warehouse, and the program expanded statewide. In 1996, more than 700 officers helped distribute more than 120,000 toys.
Now Arizona self-storage facilities can serve as toy drop-off locations. Facility operators who wish to participate should contact Poppy Behrens, AZSSA public-relations chair, at 602.678.3579.
Founded in 1996, the AZSSA was created to strengthen the self-storage industry in Arizona, promote professional standards and quality, and present a unified voice on issues affecting the industry in the state. The association has more than 500 facility and vendor members.