When you think of Texas, what comes to mind? A big state, big ranches, big ten-gallon hats, and big belt buckles. Texans are also big-hearted – as the Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) can attest to. Recently, they donated a check to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Galveston that was the second largest donation they’ve made to date.
The TSSA donated $100,000 dollars to the hospital. A group representing TSSA visited with the hospital’s Board of Governors to give them the check. They gave the Board an overview of the different fundraising projects that they held throughout 2013.
Fundraising Co-Chair Doug Hunt stated, “It is an honor to be a part of an organization committed to supporting this amazing hospital network. When we first started this I couldn’t have dreamed that eventually we’d be able to donate over $100,000, but TSSA members are generous to the core.”
The TSSA group toured the various areas of the hospital and met some of the staff. They also watched a demonstration of the innovative virtual reality program that helps patients overcome pain during their physical therapy. The virtual world distracts the patient and engages their other senses which leaves less thought processes for them to focus on their pain.
Founded in 1986, TSSA is a non-profit trade association. They currently have over 3,000 members. The TSSA provides rental agreements, official forms, a bi-monthly magazine, the Self-Storage News, and the TSSA Goldbook to its members in an effort to educate owners and managers of self storage facilities in Texas.
The TSSA frequently make donations to the Shriners Children’s Hospital. They have supported Shriners since 2001. TSSA raises monies through a combination of live and silent auctions, a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker tournament, individual donations, and the Sarfish: Make a Difference campaign.
Shriners Hospitals for Children provides high quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries, or other special healthcare needs regardless of the family’s ability to pay, race, religion, creed, color, or national origin. They also provide educational experiences to physicians and other healthcare professionals and conduct research with the hope of discovering new knowledge that could be used to improve the quality of care of their patients.
The Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston specializes in advanced care for burn injuries, related scarring, physical rehabilitation, and emotional support to help children cope with re-entering school (and the world around them) after their injury.
“Texas Self Storage Association Donates $100,000 to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Galveston.” PR.com; 7 February 2014.