Storage facilities have a reputation as places where junk and treasure go to live out their days. Shows like Storage Wars and Auction Hunters depict storage auctions as exciting events where enterprising bidders can happen on high-value antiques and long-lost collections.
The reality of most storage facilities isn’t quite as fast-paced: most tenants pay their bills, and what you’ll find inside are items of higher personal value than monetary value. In that spirit, it makes sense that storage facilities are active in charitable giving.
A few stories recently have featured storage operators who work to be a part of their community by supporting the needy. Charities usually see a drop-off in donations in January, since a lot of people give during the holidays. Storage Post Self Storage in Atlanta, Georgia, donated $500 to a local charity called Angel Flight. Angel Flight provides transportation to people in need of humanitarian and medical help.
In a press release, Storage Post Chief Operations Officer Jack Chaney said, “Many Storage Post employees and members of the management team were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Angel Flight’s assistance delivering supplies and medical equipment to New Orleans saved lives. We want to give back to Angel Flight so they can continue to assist those in need in Atlanta and beyond.”
A-1 Self-storage in California held a toy drive for Toys for Tots over the holidays. For a self-storage facility, a toy drive makes a lot of sense – many tenants might have unused toys tucked away in their units anyway. A-1 was blown away by the results of the drive: more than 2,200 new and unused toys were donated.
“We are in awe of the overwhelming support from everyone this past holiday season, especially during these tough economic times,” said Brian Caster, CEO of the A-1 Self-Storage’s parent company. Because of the straightforward structure of storage facilities, they’ve branched out into other uses, too. Check out this story on a storage facility that turned into a farmer’s market on the weekend.