The holiday season may be winding down now that Christmas has past, but in the coming days there are likely to be more and more stories of holiday cheer that are uncovered and reported in some way, shape, or form in the media. As active as the self storage industry is in helping those less fortunate in their communities it would not be surprising to hear that a few self storage facilities were involved.
Take the good people at Lighthouse Point Self Storage in Pacifica, California, as an example. When owners JoAnn and Paul Tyson found out that the “Adopt a Family” program that the Pacifica Resource Center ran was in need of space they took this as their chance to step up and help spread some holiday cheer.
It is not unusual for self storage companies to donate space during the holiday season. Communities all over the country have numerous entities that engage in toy, food, and clothing drives this time of year. Often times what they need—and just for a short time—is space.
The holiday season tends to bring out the best in people. That makes it possible for charities to be successful in their drives, but it also creates the need for space to store what they collect just until they are able to distribute donations to where they are going to go.
Rather than just donate space, JoAnn Tyson decided to take the spirit of the holiday a step further. The donated self storage unit was decorated and strung with lights. A Christmas tree stood tall and was decorated inside the unit giving it a real Christmas-like feel.
Not only was the unit the picture of Christmas, but when visitors came into the office of the self storage facility were greeted with a yummy treats in the form of cookies and candy as well as their choice of hot chocolate or cider.
Lighthouse Point Self Storage is just one of the many that gave back to the community over the holiday season. Scenic Self Storage in Minnesota was in the spirit this season when they helped the Minnewaska Area Day Treatment school program give each of its 65 students complete Christmas dinner kits to take home.
Countless other facilities have been involved with the U.S. Marines Reserves Toys for Tots programs as well as local toy drives. The number of charitable efforts that the self storage industry has been involved in this holiday season are too numerous to count.
Most (if not all) of the people involved would say they don’t care about the recognition anyway. They just wanted folks to have a Merry Christmas.
“Lighthouse Point Self Storage — A place where giving was lit by a tree.” MercuryNews.com; 25 December 2012.
“Community gives gift of Christmas dinner.” Pope County Tribune; 26 December 2012.