When tragedy strikes there are a few people we expect to be there for us like friends and family. Beyond those that know us personally if the tragedy is bad enough—like the havoc that tornadoes laid on Oklahoma recently—we hope that the government will step in to help as well. Little do most people realize but help is often as close as your local self storage facility.
In the past there have been many self storage facilities that have stepped up when their communities have been in peril. Whether it’s wildfires, floods, tornadoes, or other natural disasters many members of the self storage industry have been there when people needed them most.
That has been the case in Oklahoma recently when a tornado laid a significant portion of Oklahoma City to waste causing an incredible amount of damage to businesses and homes as well as local schools. Just like in the past, the self storage industry has reached out to help those in need.
Take what the owner, Rob Degenhart, of Fairborn Self Storage in Moore, Oklahoma, did. He encouraged his tenants to pay their rent for the month on Friday, May 24. He wasn’t looking to get folks to just pay on time. The plan was to take the receipts for the day and donate it to the Red Cross Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts.
“The storage industry is very good about giving back by financially by committing to charity causes and disaster relief. I was overdue,” Degenhart said.
Like many who give back in time of need, he had a personal connection that helped drive him to make a donation.
“I have a friend who went to that elementary school in Oklahoma, and he still have friends and family in the area. Through Facebook I’ve been able to see what’s going on with people who were directly affected and I decided this is my time to step up as others in the industry have done.”
Of course it hasn’t just been people in Oklahoma that have donated. In time like this it is not unusual to see people from around the nation get involved.
COWs Mobile Storage in Jefferson, Wisconsin, did just that over Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday when they hosted a donation drive in a local Wal-Mart parking lot. The idea was to gather things like clothing, shoes, non-perishable food, personal hygiene items and more.
“Oklahoma Tornado Relief Drive in Jefferson Wisconsin.” PRLog; 24 May 2013.
“Fairborn Self Storage donates to Red Cross.” FairbornDailyHerald; 23 May 2013.