It’s easy for people to say that they would like to lend a helping hand to their fellow man, but it is also just as easy for them to find an excuse to back out of doing charity work at the last minute. The idea is great and it makes people feel good about themselves, but as the saying goes—easier said than done. That, however, is not the case for many in the self storage industry.
It is pretty common to see self storage facilities doing what they can to lend their respective communities a helping hand. Many will have clothing, food, and toy drives ever holiday season and will find different ways to donate throughout the year as well. It is not uncommon to see some facilities become regular participants in annual activities.
Starting April 9 the StorageMart locations in Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri will be collecting shoes for the “Shoe in Foster Care” shoe drive. The event is held in conjunction with the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association (CMFCAA) and the hope is to raise at least 10,000 pairs of shoes.
“Collaboration with partners like StorageMart is what allows CMFCAA to shine a spotlight on children in foster care,” DeAnna Alonso, Executive Director CMFCAA, said. “With May being Foster Care Awareness Month, we’re inviting everyone to join with CMFCAA and StorageMart to put their ‘Shoe In For Foster Care’ by helping us to collect one pair of shoes for each child in foster care in the state of Missouri.”
When all the donated shoes are collected organizers plan on taking them all to the State Capitol building and lining them up in hopes of raising awareness. The shoes will then be given to Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc who will work in conjunction with the Shoeman Water Project to sell the shoes and raise money to help develop schools in Haiti as well as clean water programs in Haiti and Kenya.
“StorageMart has been a longtime friend and supporter of CMFCAA and Hope for Caribbean Kids,” StorageMart Marketing Director Sarah Little said. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to play a role in an event which not only benefits local communities, but also creates a ripple effect across the world.”
The goal is a pretty lofty one, but one that organizers feel confident they can reach. Donations will have to more than double last year’s total of close to 3700 pairs in order to do so.
“Shoe In For Foster Care” Aims for 10,000 Shoes.” PRWeb; 08 April 2014.
“Two Tons of Shoe Storage Turns In To Water for Haiti.” StorageMart; 29 April 2013.