Whenever donations need to be collected to aid disaster victims or to provide to a good cause, self storage companies seem to be among the first to help out. This has proven to be equally true with regard to the Haitian relief effort. Self storage companies have jumped to the front of the relief effort with generous offers of space to hold donations.
- A+ Mini Storage of Miami has teamed up with Container on Wheels (COWs), a mobile storage and moving services provider, to collect donations, which can also be dropped off at A+ Mini Storage locations in the Miami area.
- Security Self Storage, which has locations throughout Florida and Maryland, is donating $5 from each self-storage rental made at one of its facilities between Jan. 15 and March 15 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. “Many of our customers, particularly in South Florida, have ties to Haiti, and we hope that our contributions will make a difference toward relief and recovery there,” says Security’s president, Stephen Block.
- Morningstar Mini-Storage of Charlotte, North Carolina, is donating $1,000 worth of boxes and shipping supplies to Christ Lutheran Church of Charlotte, to assist the church’s youth program in its relief efforts. “It is Morningstar’s long-standing policy to assist in the relief and recovery efforts of our community,” says Morningstar president Dan Benson. “This is the first time Morningstar has been involved in an international relief effort, and we are pleased to provide assistance to the people of Haiti.”
- Westy Self Storage, of Stamford, Connecticut, has joined with the Share Joy Foundation to collect clean blankets, clothes, flashlights, non-perishable food, towels, and candles to send to Haiti. “When we learned of the devastation, we knew we had to do something to help,” said Joe Schweyer, Westy’s District Director.
In some cases, tenants have taken the Haitian relief effort into their own hands. Roby Love, the manager of the Harborview Road Extra Space facility in Port Charlotte, Florida, says that she has a tenant who has spearheaded his own Haitian relief effort for years — long before the earthquake hit. Yves Valere frequently visits family in Haiti, and has made collecting donations for needy Haitians his pet project. Love and Extra Space have always supported the project, encouraging tenants to donate to Valere anything that they think might be needed in Haiti. Valere periodically ships his donations. Now, however, he is collecting different things. Though he used to ship furniture to Haiti, now Valere is collecting nonperishable food, medical supplies and other more urgently needed items.