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Free Assistance for Tennessee Flood Victims

by Winnie Hsiu May 5, 2010 2:21 PM
Tennessee's historic floods last weekend are hitting poor Tennesseans the hardest. Many lost nearly everything they own when the Cumberland River came rushing through their homes. Now that the waters are starting to recede, flood victims are salvaging whatever they can. But they need a place to put the things they salvage now that their homes have been destroyed -- or at least rendered unliveable.

In response, self storage facilities all over the state of Tennessee are offering a month of free storage to flood victims. Most self storage facilities also offer free storage to tornado victims whenever there is a need. Some companies, such as Extra Space, always offer a month of free storage to first time renters. [More]

Westy Self Storage Announces Results of Haiti Donation Drive

by Kim Kilpatrick April 2, 2010 1:06 PM
In January, Westy Self Storage began a donation drive, in conjunction with Share International, to help victims of the Haitian earthquake. The earthquake killed more than 50,000 Haitians and left more than a million people homeless and destitute. Hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors settled in camps outside Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, in the days after the earthquake. Westy collected donations from 16 self storage facilities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and moved all the donations to its Wilton, Connecticut location.

Since the beginning of March, volunteers have been sorting through Westy’s donations. Donors had sent clothing, linens, towels, personal hygiene products, and other items. Volunteers packed the donations into boxes, and labeled them to ease the process of going through customs. Then the boxes were loaded into a container and shipped to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In all, 1200 boxes of donations were sent. [More]

Self Storage Companies Support Haitian Relief Efforts

by John Stevens January 26, 2010 11:13 AM
Whenever donations need to be collected to aid disaster victims or to provide to a good cause, self storage companies seem to be among the first to help out. This has proven to be equally true with regard to the Haitian relief effort. Self storage companies have jumped to the front of the relief effort with generous offers of space to hold donations. [More]