Self-storage operators around the world are getting into the holidays by kicking off various charity drives.
Storage Village in North Bethesda, Md., helped feed hundreds of families in its community through its canned-food collection efforts and direct donations in November. The self-storage operator donated 307 pounds of food to Manna Food Center in Montgomery County. The food was distributed to families in need as well as local non-profit organizations.
Storage Village, which has facilities in Maryland and Virginia, will continue to collect food for the food bank throughout the year. New tenants who donate at least three canned goods will receive a discount off their first months rent. The self-storage operator is also participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive. In addition, full-time employees spend at least eight hours a month of their work hours volunteering at local non-profit organizations.
Fullerton Self Storage in Baltimore County, Md., is also collecting toys for the Marines annual toy drive. The facility, 7989 Rossville Blvd., is serving as a drop-off location for the countys annual toy drive. In addition to toys, the self-storage operator is also collecting hats, gloves and scarves.
Derrel's Mini Storage in Visalia, Calif., donated boxes once again for the annual Tommy the Turtle Toy Drive. The community effort began seven years ago with a single drop-off participant. Last year, about 200 Tommy the Turtle boxes were spread around the community.
The U.K.s Access Self Storage is collecting toys and games for children during the holiday season. The self-storage operator has set up drop-offs at each of its 56 facilities. The gifts will be collected, sorted and delivered to children in each stores area.