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Texas Self Storage Association Makes Large Donation to the Shriners Children's Hospital

by Holly Robinson February 7, 2014 2:33 PM
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. [More]

21st Century Self Storage Has Modern-Day Qualities

by Holly Robinson September 17, 2013 8:58 PM
People have always speculated what life would be like in the future. In 1910, people envisioned flying firemen and policemen (with wings on their back), robot-like barbers, an electric train from Paris to Beijing, and a phonographic machine that read the newspaper out loud to people. Other than ‘hearing’ the newspaper (via radio), none of these ideas came about.

If the pioneers in the self storage industry had ever speculated what the self storage industry would be like in 2013, they probably wouldn’t imagine some of the marvelous qualities and characteristics that the industry has today. Especially the community services that self storage owners participate in. [More]

StorageMart Kicks Off a Skate Drive in Canada

by Winnie Hsiu May 16, 2013 1:11 PM
America has its baseball and football. England has ruby. Many countries have soccer. What does Canada have? Hockey! Team up a man with a vision about hockey for youth and a self storage company (and other national companies) and what do you get? A brand-spanking new charity: Skate to Great. [More]

Feuding Self Storage Faciliteis Benefit the Community

by Winnie Hsiu February 25, 2013 7:52 PM
Everyone has heard about the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. The feud started when a group of ex-Confederate soldiers murdered a McCoy, who was a returning Union soldier. It was widely believed that a Hatfield was part of the group that killed the McCoy.

A few years later the dispute escalated when a Hadfield had a hog but a McCoy claimed it was his. The judge ruled in favor of the Hatafields based on Bill Staton’s testimony. Bill Staton was a relative of both families. Soon after the ruling, two McCoy brothers killed Staton. [More]

San DiegoSelf Storage Sponsors Its 14th Annual Toys for Tots Collection

by Kim Kilpatrick October 25, 2012 1:01 PM
The holidays are a difficult time for families in need. When those families struggle just to put food on the table and clothing on their family's back, finding money for Christmas present is very stressful. That's where San Diego Self Storage (SDSS) steps in. Today, they started their 14th annual Toys for Tots Collection. [More]

San Diego Supports a Local High School Color Guard

by Kim Kilpatrick March 21, 2012 8:05 PM
If you regularly follow our Self Storage Industry news, you know that we often report about how the owners and managers of self storage facilities are very community minded. They support charitable events and help out those in the community who are in need. They also do many acts of giving. San Diego Self Storage is a good example of this charitable giving. They recently donated money to a local high school’s color guard. [More]

Self Storage Facility Puts a Little Heart into its Work

by John Stevens June 14, 2011 12:09 PM
A California self storage facility has combined customer appreciation with a charity donation and added a special surprise for one lucky customer as well. Storage Express, a state of the art self storage facility in Lancaster, Calif., will be hosting a “Super Sale” yard sale on July 9th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and proceeds will go to benefit the Children’s Bureau. [More]

Westy Self Storage Collecting Tools for Oil Cleanup on Gulf Coast

by Holly Robinson June 23, 2010 5:51 PM
Westy Self Storage, a self storage company with 16 locations throughout New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, announced today that it has started a drive to collect materials to be used to clean up birds and animals affected by the BP oil spill cleanup. Donations can be dropped off at any of Westy’s locations. For the oil cleanup project, Westy is collaborating with another organization, the New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association (NJWMA). Westy will store each donation temporarily and then consolidate all the donations at its Stamford, Connecticut location. Then the NJWMA will transport the donations south. [More]

Alabama Facility Offers Free Storage to Domestic Violence Survivors

by Holly Robinson May 3, 2010 8:52 AM
SmithStoreit, a self storage facility in Huntsville, Alabama, announced Friday that it will donate 30 units to local survivors of domestic violence. Each unit will be used to provide three months of free storage at a time for a domestic violence survivor. Storage can be an important part of a battered woman's escape plan for leaving a dangerous relationship. Often, women plan their departures for months before they actually leave an abusive partner. They may need to slowly and gradually accumulate possessions in a storage unit, so that when the time comes, they can leave quickly without having to pack.

Self storage units are not expensive, but domestic violence survivors often fear retaliation from their former partners. They may need to know that they are not creating a paper trail (in the form of bills or credit card statements) that could lead abusive ex-partners to find them. Moreover, in many cases survivors of domestic violence cannot afford even the small monthly rental fee for a self storage unit. Having a free self storage unit solves these problems. Using a storage unit also means that survivors need not impose on family and friends, which can be important -- survivors may not want to be traced through family and friends, and also may be concerned about the possibility of placing family and friends at risk. [More]

FL Self-Storage Company Offers Free Storage to Local Diaper Bank

by John Stevens February 18, 2010 9:42 AM
Quality Self Storage, of North Fort Myers, Florida, started donating space to Destiny Diaper Bank this month, helping to make it possible for Destiny to expand its services to the North Fort Myers area. Quality Self Storage will also host a fundraiser for the diaper bank on April 24.

Destiny Diaper Bank is the only diaper bank in the state of Florida. It is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in Cape Coral, FL, that provides diapers and incontinence supplies to individuals and families who cannot afford to purchase their own. The diapers and supplies are used by babies, toddlers, special needs children, and the elderly. The diaper bank's founder, Rev. Rebecca Hines, who has lived in Cape Coral since 1978, says that the need for the diaper service is high right now, because there is so much unemployment in Lee County. She says that Destiny receives between 40 and 50 calls a day from people who need diapers. Some days, the diaper bank receives 60 calls. [More]