Self Storage Industry Wants to Help Kids Go Back to School

Posted on Aug 28 2013 - 9:17pm by Tony Gonzalez

The weather will soon start getting cooler. The neighborhood will be much quieter during the day. Stay at home parents will soon be loving life from roughly 8 AM to 3 PM. Why? It is back to school time folks. Time for the kids to go to class, learn stuff, and for Mom or Dad (whoever stays at home) to have a little ‘me’ time. 

The trick of course is getting kids ready to go back to school, and that is something that members of the self storage industry are happy to help with.

Kids need certain supplies when it is time for them to go back to school. While schools will often try to keep the supplies that Mom and Dad need to supply to a minimum those costs can still add up for some families.

Manhattan Mini-Storage understands this and has made helping those that can’t afford school supplies an annual event going on four years now. Like in past years they are working in conjunction with the Coalition for the Homeless and Project: Back to School. 

“This is one of the most important things we do every year,” said Archie Gottesman, co-owner and Chief Branding Officer of Edison Properties, the parent company of Manhattan Mini Storage. “These kids are already living in desperate circumstances, and they deserve the same opportunities as every other child in New York City – including the opportunity to go to school, to learn and to thrive. People know our brand in this city, so whenever we can, we try to use our visibility to help those in need, and this is a perfect opportunity.” 

The focus of the donation drive is to gather much needed school supplies for some of the thousands of kids living in shelters. People can drop off all kinds of things including but not limited to backpacks, pens, paper, and pencils. The drive will be held from August 26- September 20.  Last year over 3100 backpacks (filled with supplies) were donated; 1300 of them coming from Manhattan Mini Storage facilities.

Manhattan Mini Storage is not the only facility helping kids get back to school. Earlier this month the Storage Business Owners Alliance and Storage Pros Self Storage teamed up with Operation Kid Equip to help kids in the Detroit area be as prepared for school as they can be.

“We are pleased to be working with the SBOA and Storage Pros Management on a much needed school supply drive. This will allow us to provide more for local kids in need, especially after the recent flood we experienced at our facility” said Josh Tokoph, Director of Operations for Operation: Kid Equip.

Sources Used:

“Filling Backpacks With Hope: Manhattan Mini Storage Pitches in to Supply Homeless Kids for The New School Year.” PRWeb; 28 August 2013.

“Storage Business Owners Alliance (SBOA) and Storage Pros Management Partner for “Storage for a Cause.”PRWeb; 6 August 2013.

Self Storage Industry Wants to Help Kids Go Back to School

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Tony Gonzalez has enjoyed a prosperous career in general contracting but has decided to complete his college degree in - of all things - sociology - and enjoys blogging about his daily observations of our "human society" and other musings about life and people. He has a particular interest around the shifting economy and how society reacts to downsizing changes, not only in the "contracting" world, but in the areas of moving/storage/rental, etc.
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