For the fourth consecutive year, Manhattan Mini Storage in New York has joined the Coalition for the Homeless in Project: Back to School, a donation drive designed to supply thousands of city children living in shelters with backpacks and other supplies for the upcoming school year. The self-storage company donated several extra-large boxes to the coalition, and all 17 of its locations will serve as collection centers for donated items.
"This is one of the most important things we do every year," said Archie Gottesman, co-owner and chief branding officer of Edison Properties, the parent company of Manhattan Mini Storage. "These kids are already living in desperate circumstances, and they deserve the same opportunities as every other child in New York City, including the opportunity to go to school, to learn and to thrive. People know our brand in this city, so whenever we can, we try to use our visibility to help those in need, and this is a perfect opportunity."
The donation drive began Aug. 26 and will conclude on Sept. 20. Last years event collected more than 3,100 supply-filled backpacks, with 1,300 coming through Manhattan Mini Storage locations. Organizers are hoping to double the number of donations this year.
In addition to backpacks, officials are asking for pencils, pens, markers, composition books and other school items. For a complete supply list, visit CoalitionfortheHomeless.org.