For much of the last month, there has been no shortage of stories involving self storage companies and all sorts of charitable endeavors. There have been countless stories about self storage facilities that collected toys for Toys for Tots, gathered donations for local food banks, and passed out donated coats to those in need.
If you thought you had heard them all, wait till you read this one, and see what happened when Jacinda Koehler met a man by the name of Steve Stewart at the Liberty Self Storage facility in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Earlier in the month Koehler, a single mom with two sons (ages five and eight) lost everything in a house fire. Bit by bit she was slowly putting her life back together; a painstaking process after something as total and as devastating as a fire.
When she was asked by Stewart to meet her at Liberty Self Storage last Saturday (on Christmas Eve) she assumed that the Lion’s Club that Stewart belonged to was donating a unit for her to store what little the family had as they tried to rebuild.
That gesture was not uncommon. Self storage facilities around the country had made it a practice all year long of donating space to families that were affected by tornadoes, floods, wild fires, and all sorts of other natural disasters.
Little did she know that throughout the month, Stewart and the Lion’s Club had been engaged in a secret charity drive on behalf of Koehler and her two boys. Stewart spearheaded the project, and went around to several local businesses to see what they were willing to do for a family in need at Christmas time.
He did well managing to collect several pieces of furniture including mattresses, a television, and kitchen supplies, among other things. Stewart also got $200 in Walmart gift cards for the family so they could get anything else that they needed. There were even wrapped Christmas presents for the kids.
Suffice to say there were a few tears shed when the door was open to the storage unit and there stood Stewart explaining that everything in the unit belonged to them. Thanks to the generosity of others in the community, it would not have to be as hard starting over for Jacinda Koehler and her two boys.
It was a Merry Christmas indeed.
“Family in need gets house full of gifts in storage.” The Republic; 25 December 2011.
“Man Organizes Holiday Drive To Help Fire Victims In Grand Junction.” CBS Denver; 25 December 2011.
“Storage unit filled with stuff of life greets family of 3.” GJSentinental.com; 25 December 2011.