Moving Tips: How to pack your valuables for moving and storage

Helpful Tips

Usually when we are packing up our homes to move or just packing extra things around the house for storage, there is a right way and a wrong way to pack things. Just like everyone else I have used newspapers to wrap glassware and not thought about the ink rubbing off or packed something delicate with heavy objects (the time I packed a piece of handmade pottery with my blender comes to mind).  Below I have put together a list of the most common things needing packing with suggestions on packing for moving and storage.

Glass: as I mentioned before, we all have used newspapers to wrap our glass, it is better to use unprinted newsprint. This will ensure that you are not rubbing ink onto your belongings. Another option is to use bubble wrap, which will also help with crystal, china, mirrors. When using bubble wrap always make sure that you wrap your items with the bubbles facing out, away from the object. This helps to keep the bubbles from leaving marks on the glass. When packing your mirrors or artwork make sure the boxes you use are slightly bigger than the object, this will help to keep things from shifting or getting banged around in the box.

Metal: Metal is susceptible to rust and tarnish. Industrial storage of machinery and tools typically packs in oil or grease, not all of us want to do that for our brass items or the family silver set. For things such as silver, the best way to store long terms is to clean your pieces thoroughly, polish them and then store them in a specially made flannel bag which is infused with silver particles. Generally these are sold under the name “Pacific Silvercloth”.

Electronics: I have only stored electronics wrong once, that is all it should take! Electronics are easily the most susceptible to moisture and corrosion. Unlike silverware and such, there is no cleaning corrosion from electronics. As you are packing your electronics in bubble wrap make sure to include a couple of desiccant packets. If you have ever bought office supplies or a laptop bag you generally find a small packet, those are desiccant packets and they draw moisture out of the area. These combined with good packing practices will help to protect your investment.

Appliances: every once in a while we need to store appliances. When storing large items you want to make sure they are prepped correctly. When storing refrigerators make sure you have cleaned them out, drained the pan, cleaned off the coils on the back, and then make sure to leave the doors cracked open for air circulation. Leaving the doors cracked will keep moisture, mildew, and mold from ruining the interior of your refrigerator. Stoves/ovens are the same for prep, thoroughly cleaning the appliance and leaving the door cracked for air circulation.

With proper prepping and then packing of your storage unit you will be able to protect your investments from damage. When talking with different storage companies make sure you let them know what you need to store, if you are storing artwork, antiques, and musical instruments you may want to consider using climate controlled storage to help protect them from wide changes in temperatures.

Specializing in self storage with more than 20+ years of experience, Simply Self Storage is the leading privately owned self storage company in the US and Puerto Rico. With locations across the country and in major metro areas such as Philadelphia, PA self storage, Boston self storage or even Puerto Rico self storage. Simply Self Storage is able to assist you with your storage needs if you are a college student or if you need to store a 4 bedroom home and the contents of your garage! In addition to providing self storage solutions, professional customer service, Simply Self Storage also provides:

Call today at 877.STORE.HERE (877.786.7343) to speak with our professional representatives to start working with Simply Self Storage on your next self storage solutions!

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Top Ways to Make Money Off of Your Clutter!

 

Make Money

Making money off your storage clutter

Your storage unit, no matter how big, will likely become overfull with time. You may stash items in it thinking that you will reclaim and use them in the future (but have no need for them in the present), or do so because space is at a premium in your home. Regardless of your reasons for storing items, your unit will eventually reach capacity (and beyond) with persistent, interval storage trips, leaving you wondering how to create space without completely discarding your possessions.

What to do about this claustrophobic sprawl?

Instead of tossing your storage clutter (or attempting a rigorous unit reorganization), why not sell it? The old platitude, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” is valid, if overused. In many instances, buyers will pay hefty sums for what seems like superfluous rubbish (if you disagree, even a cursory browsing of ebay will change your mind).

Taking a weekend to sift through your storage for sell-able items is worth the effort. Keep in mind, however, that buyers of used goods maintain your same standards. Don’t try to sell stained clothes or rags, broken glass, cracked porcelain, shoddy household appliances, or dysfunctional toys. Also, be sure not to sell recalled items. But anything clean, intact, safe, and useful merits shopping around.

It’s natural to be apprehensive about selling certain items. You may have ill-fitting clothes in storage that you hope to wear again after gaining/losing weight. Or maybe you’ve placed novel or antique items that you find interesting (but not enough so to keep in your home) in storage with the intention of later revisiting them. Perhaps unwanted gifts you’ve received but felt wrong about throwing away have found their way into your storage unit. Ditto for out-of-use books and household appliances/gadgets that you don’t want to part with. In any case, the best course of action is to ponder whether you will really ever use the item in question again or even miss it if it is gone.

Don’t feel guilty about or let excessive sentiment prevent you from selling your clutter if you truly want to. Though most items relegated to storage are generally not worth anything like a fortune individually, they can return a handsome sum when sold in groups. You may also come across an individual treasure worth more than expected and see your pockets swell.

Once you’ve sorted through your inventory, make a list of the items you want to sell, set a fair price for each, and decide where/how you want to sell them.

 

Means of selling your goods:

Garage or yard sales are the perfect way to get rid of goods rapidly and easily. They are easy to set up and require less than a day of your time. All you have to do is  promote the event and have your things ready the morning of. You might also consider asking family or friends help you watch your merchandise and tally the money you’ve made. If you are lucky (and weather permits), you will have opened up a great deal of storage space and gained a wad of cash by the end of the event.

Consignment shops will sell your goods if they are in reasonable condition. Of course, they will take a cut of the sale, but this should not be a deterrent if you want to avoid the hassle of personally selling your items. You can sell clothes, baby and children items, household goods, furniture, and more at specially-designated consignment outfits. You shouldn’t expect to make a fortune this way, but, whatever your return, it will be better than tossing your items and receiving nothing.

Auction sites like ebay are a great vehicle for getting rid of your stuff with little time and fuss. All you have to do is:

  • Create a username/login
  • Ensure that you have a valid PayPal account

And then create an item listing by:

  • Uploading photos
  • Adding a title and description
  • Selecting payment and shipping options

After applying these steps, all you have to do is wait for the auction to end, receive your money, and ship the sold item.

On various online forums and marketplaces, including Craigslist, Amazon, and even Facebook groups, you can make quick sales with little effort. The steps for listing/selling items parallel those for ebay. But exercise caution, as you are dealing with strangers.

You can also add to your pocket change by recycling certain items. Some manufacturers offer incentives for recycling sidelined electronics and other items, including discounts for newer versions. Likewise, many online sites offer cash for salvage goods. Junkyards often do the same for metal items. Working with any one of these entities yields both cash and the satisfaction of having been environmentally responsible.

The opportunity to save money also exists in the form of trading your items through designated online exchange sites. These exist for virtually every imaginable category and link you with interested fellow swappers with whom you can hash out deals.

Finally, you can (in some instances) donate unwanted items to a legally established  organization to lower your gross taxable income. All you have to do is make the donation and keep a record of it. Then, when completing your tax forms, cite the recorded donation.

*You can find more info. about making deductible donations on the IRS Web site.

No matter the method you choose, money waits in the wings for your storage clutter.

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Simply Self Storage ROCKS! Literally!

HIP KITTY is an American rock band based out of Gallatin, TN and is committed to bringing a raw & loud LIVE performance to fans worldwide.

And they just so happen to love storage.

District Manager Donna Crawford commented, “They have a band room at Simply Self Storage Gallatin. Very good group too! When we first took over I was there the first four weeks until 9-10pm many nights. They would be practicing so I’d open the back windows to hear. Gallatin is located in a field with warehouses around. Pretty cool!”

The band members have a deeply rooted commitment to their faith that, combined with their love for great music, delivers a head-turning new sound and image unlike any previously seen in rock and roll.

HIP KITTY’s success is worldwide as evidenced by their inclusion on the popular ROCKBAND gaming series as well as tour dates around the world opening for Alice Cooper, REO Speedwagon, Uncle Kracker, Three Days Grace and Fuel on their 2014 North American tour.Loud & Raw Rock!

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Get Your Self Storage Insured

Insured

Insurance Coverage

Insurance. For the most part, we all are loath to address this topic. Of course, when something unexpected does occur and your possessions are destroyed by fire, natural disaster or other events beyond your control, it certainly is reassuring to know that you can be compensated loss or damage.

Simply Self-Storage has insurance available at each one of the hundreds of facilities nationwide that either automatically enroll the tenant in some states or have the tenant elect the insurance coverage in other states. Prices will vary depending on property value. But, for the nominal cost of these policies, most people find that the peace of mind that storage insurance renders is alone worth the cost. Before shopping for outside insurance coverage, it makes sense to contact the nearest Simply Self- Storage facility.

Before you buy insurance, it will be helpful to know what types of occurrences are typically covered by these policies. For the most part, depending on the policy, you could be protected from loss or damage due to fire, earthquake, tornado, hurricane, lightening, wind, collapse of building other than by earthquake, water damage, burglary and vandalism. Here is a partial list of some of the items that are usually not covered:

  • Accounts
  • Currency, deeds and securities
  • Jewelry and precious stones
  • Fur garments
  • Antiques and works of art
  • Motorized Vehicle not in an enclosed unit

By all means contact your insurance company first to determine what level of coverage you already carry. You can then supplement it with an add-on policy from Simply Self- Storage or any other of a myriad of companies offering such coverage.

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Business Storage

There are many different types of businesses that require some sort of storage.  This is something many people don’t think about, but some companies need a storage space that’s off the business’ premises.  Self storage is one option available to several businesses.  Here are just a few business categories that may use self storage.

Offices

It’s a good idea to have important office supplies stocked at all times.  However, sometimes an office may not have enough space to store all the supplies.  A small amount of the supplies can be stored at the office, while the rest are stored in a self storage space.  All the self storage facilities are secure and close by.  For instance, you can find Naples self storage, Kansas City self storage, and more.

Pharmaceutical Companies

Using a storage space is very convenient for a pharmaceutical company.  Self storage can provide an excellent warehouse space that’s climate controlled.  This feature is very helpful when a company is committed to meeting FDA standards.

Construction Companies

Sometimes construction companies have equipment and materials that need to be stored somewhere other than the construction site.  Getting a storage space makes protecting your equipment and supplies simple.

It’s also easy to pick up your items when you need them.  Many of the storage units are designed to allow you to drive up to the unit to pick up any heavy loads.  This makes loading and unloading your items convenient.

Retail

In the beginning of different seasons many stores have a lot of overstock.  If it’s getting crowded in the back room it’s a good idea to find an extra place to store your items.  Self storage makes it easy to keep all your items secure.  The storage facilities use a keypad for entrance.  Plus, you keep the key to your unit.

Many different businesses can benefit from self storage.  It’s an easy way to solve any storage difficulties.  Self storage is also an affordable solution.  In addition, you can choose from many different locations.  With Simply Self Storage you can find anything from Chicago self storage to Burlington storage and beyond.

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Pack ‘Em Right! Tips in Organizing a Self Storage Unit

Self storage is actually an art and a science. Doing it properly and with some careful thought will ensure that the stacks will not fall over and possibly hurt you or damage your other things. Also, this will help you know exactly where you put each item so that it will not be hard to find and retrieve. This way, you don’t have to open each box just to find one item. More importantly, packing and organizing your things will make them last longer – they’ll not be filled with dust or grime.

Here are some tips to help ensure success in using your self storage unit:

When packing your boxes:

– Before putting things on a box, make a list and assign each to their respective boxes. Make labels for each box and attach these labels to all sides of the box, as well as the top of the box. When making your list, also list down the estimated replacement value or each, particularly if you want to insure your things. If there are breakables, place “fragile” stickers on the box.

–          Use no more than 2 sizes of boxes. This way, stacking the boxes will be easier and more organized. Boxes should be sturdy enough that the bottom box can withstand the weight of other boxes being stacked on it.

– As much as possible, place what you can in boxes to prevent them from getting dusty.

– Fill up the entire box but not all with heavy materials. You need to fill up a box to avoid the tendency for it to collapse or tip over. However, you should avoid filling it up with heavy stuff so that it won’t be hard for you to carry. When packing, fill the box with the heavy items first and then fill it to capacity with lighter items.

– Putting items in sealed plastic bags may seem like a good idea but it can actually invite mildew.

– When packing books, don’t fill up one big box with them. Use smaller book boxes. Also, don’t store the books standing on end. Rather, put them flat on the boxes so that their spines will not be damaged.

– Freezers and refrigerators should be stored with the door slightly open. Electrical appliances should be completely dry – defrost freezers and refrigerators, drain washing machines completely.

– Pack breakables in bubble wrap or packing paper. Wrap mirrors and picture frames with bubble wrap.

– When packing clothes, we recommend that you make use of clothes or wardrobe boxes where you can hang the clothes inside and ensure that they retain their shape.

– When wrapping your things, use cloth and not plastic.

– When preparing metal tools and equipment for storage, you should drain these of fuel completely. A rub down with some oil will also help to prevent rust from forming.

– Ward off dust by sealing boxes with packing tape.

Tips on organizing your self storage unit

– Plan ahead. As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”. Make a general plan of how you will place the boxes and furniture inside your storage unit.

– Before putting the boxes in, arrange raised pallets according to your plan. This will prevent rats, silverfish and ants from making their home underneath your boxes. Be sure to also thoroughly clean the storage area.

– Avoid putting in wet items as these may invite mildew, mold and other types of water damage.

– Make use of the shelves made available.

– Store mirrors and frames standing on end, never flat.

– Stack boxes in such as way that each box can be easily accessed. Don’t store stacks and stacks of boxes together. Make an aisle that will allow you to access a box without having to move anything out of the way. (And remember to store the heavy boxes at the bottom, the lighter ones on top.) Place the boxes with the things that you’ll most frequently need at the front part of storage unit.

– To save space, you can dismantle furniture. For instance, to store a table, you can remove the legs. Just be sure that all bolts and screws are kept in a labeled container and that you actually know how to put the piece of furniture back again.

– Create more space in your storage box by using the hollow areas of big furniture. For instance, you can put in a box or two inside a wardrobe. The same goes for refrigerators, washing machines or stoves.

– Place moisture absorbers, moth balls and rat bait in key areas.

The right way to pack and organize your things in a self storage facility will help prevent damage and ensure that your things will last for years to come.

Another important decision is your choice of the self storage facility. You should choose a facility that is secure and safe.  Simply Self Storage is your place to go. Simply Self Storage has locations in various locations. So, if you need Chicago self storage, Indianapolis self storage, and self storage facilities in other areas, simply visit the website and enter your zip code.

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If You’re limited on Space Make Good Use of a Self Storage Facility

Most people today are renters rather than home owners, this rings especially true in large metropolitan areas such as New York City, Chicago, and Boston. Being a renter means that there is less room to store your belongings, without the perks of a garage, attic or crawl space; a self storage facility just makes sense.

Instead of haphazardly stashing and piling items under your bed, in your closets, in various drawers, and in countless other places; consider the benefits of putting all of your excess belongings safely and arranged orderly in a self storage location near you. This allows you not only the convenience of having a less cluttered home, but also ensures that your items will be kept securely under you own lock and key plus a security system.

Your personal belongings would be more likely to get damaged or misplaced if randomly stuffed into various quasi-storage spaces in your rental. In addition to this storing your belongings at a secure self storage facility means that whenever you move from one rental to another you will have less items to relocate and less chance of losing or damaging these valuable items because they will be safely tucked away in storage.

How a Self Storage Facility Can Benefit You

No matter what amount of stuff you have to store there is a Simply Self Storage unit out there to suit sizing needs. Storage units range in sizes from 5’x5′ which would fit a medium closets worth of belongings all the way up to 20’x30′ which would fit the entire contents of a multi-bedroom house. If you are unsure of the size that is right for you, staff at any Simply Self Storage will be able to help you with making a selection.

Using a storage facility is also easy on your pocket and most facilities offer flexible lease terms. Typically you can save more if you sign a short-term or long-term lease rather than going month-to-month, which is another option. Most self storage facilities will work with you to find the best arrangement.

Making use of a storage unit also enables you to hold onto belongings that you would of otherwise had to of gotten rid of due to space issues in your rental. No need to sell that favorite piece of artwork or collection of memorabilia, you can keep these items and keep them secure with just a low monthly payment.

Simply Self Storage has self storage locations all across the continental U.S. and even Puerto Rico. These include Illinois Self storage, Kansas self storage, and Philadelphia storage; among many other urban and suburban locations nationwide.

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Moving? Packing and Organizing Tips for Easy Relocations

Moving from one place to another requires a lot of work and energy. There are so many things to think about and remember. And of course, there is the packing of the things – you’ll spend hours dismantling, wrapping and putting things in boxes. And the prospect of doing all these in reverse at your new home makes it even more daunting. Yes, it isn’t a walk in the park, but with a little more effort, you can actually make things easier and simple.

Here are some tips you should remember during your “move to the new house” activities:

Basic moving arrangements

– Start your packing way before moving day. Start with the things you don’t use that often and leave only the essentials. Packing early will result in more neatly packed boxes, since you are not in a hurry to finish everything in one go.

– Call the utility companies in your old house to notify them of the transfer and to cancel applicable accounts that are in your name. (Don’t forget to check for refunds.) Call the utility companies to make sure that all necessary utilities will be in place at your new house. This includes electricity, gas, water, wastewater, Internet, cable and so on.

– Call your insurance company to make sure that there is coverage for your valuables. It is highly advisable to arrange for coverage for these items. Make sure that coverage applies to things in transit and things in storage.

– Make change of address notifications to all entities concerned. This includes the IRS, your banks and credit card companies and the Postal Service.

– Clean equipment or electrical and cooking appliances prior to the move. This means defrosting the freezer, draining the lawnmower of gasoline and so on

– Remember that for moving trucks, the rule is first in, last out. Thus, load the immediate necessities last.

– Ask your doctor to refer you to a doctor in your new location. Arrange for your records to be transferred to the new doctor.

– Arrange for your children’s school records to also be transferred to the new school district.

– When you’re leaving the old house, be sure that the area is secured and the keys turned over to the personnel concerned.

Packing Tips

– Arm yourself with enough packing supplies – sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts.

– Number your boxes and list down the contents of each box. You can also print out a list of the box’s contents and paste it on the box itself.

– When packing, pack to capacity. Don’t over pack or under pack. Over packing may cause the boxes to come apart while under packing may result in the boxes being crushed under the weight of other boxes stacked on top.

– When you dismantle something (like a bed or a table), put (easy-to-remove) masking tape on strategic areas to indicate which part goes where (i.e. which piece goes into the headboard, etc.)

– Carefully wrap all breakables with bubble wrap or packing paper. Wrap each plate – don’t simply stack the plates and wrap the whole stack at once. The same goes with other glass items. Make sure that there are no empty spaces that can cause the pieces to move about inside the box.

– Remove batteries from all applicable toys and equipment. This will prevent damage caused by leaking batteries.

– Cover furniture with shrink wrap or dust sheets. Protect table legs from scratches by wrapping them individually.

Putting things on Temporary Storage

Sometimes, you will need to rent self storage space to temporarily house your things while you are still making arrangements with regards to your transfer.

– Estimate the length of time you will need the self storage unit and arrange for a rental contract based on this time.

– When stacking boxes, remember: the heavy ones at the bottom, with the lighter ones on top. Be sure to create an aisle to provide you with easy access to all boxes in the storage unit.

– Remember that there are some items that are prohibited from being placed in the storage unit.

– When storing a freezer or refrigerator, be sure that the door is slightly open.

– Use pallets or skids to prevent boxes from absorbing moisture (which may happen if you placed boxes directly on the floor).

– Store the love-seats or sofas on end to make more space for other boxes.

When looking for a self storage facility, we recommend that you store your things with Simply Self Storage. We have a wide choice of locations countrywide. Examples would be Taylor self storage, Kansas City storage and many more.

Aside from self storage units, Simply Self Storage also provides truck rental, boat storage, vehicle storage and climate controlled storage.

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Simply Self Storage Volunteering Recap

Simply’s 2014 charitable endeavors

Over the course of 2014, we, Simply Self Storage, gave $100,000 to charities and non-profit organizations in the communities to which we belong. Rather than having our senior management unilaterally decide how and where to donate, we deferred to our employees to vet and select recipient charities and granted them compensated volunteer leave to work alongside their chosen organizations.

As part of this company-wide initiative, Simply employees at all levels banded together to tackle causes like hunger, education, animal abuse, homelessness, and disaster relief.

We tied our 2014 company performance goals directly to our potential capacity for donations to local organizations such as: humane societies, animal welfare groups, food pantries, women’s shelters, and the Special Olympics. We are very proud to know we have made a positive impact in communities throughout Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Puerto Rico.

“…because we have achieved these goals as a company, we are able to give back in our local communities.” Jack Benbow, Simply Self Storage District Manager

Some of the incredible ways our employees impacted their communities in 2014

In volunteering for and donating to various disease fighting foundations, we worked with the following organizations to raise awareness for their respective causes:

  • Jar of Hope Fund—Duchennes muscle disease
  • The Simply ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE—amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Angels of Hope—supporting the families of children sick with cancer

We gave Special Olympics Indiana and The Arc Downriver (programs that serve individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing year-round sports training and athletic competition) the means to fund uniforms, transportation, equipment, practice facilities, and more.

Our donations to humanitarian foundations: Sharing and Caring Hands (a compassionate response organization whose aim is to meet the needs of the poor and provide a social safety net for them), Haven from Hunger (provides food donated by local supermarkets to residents of Peabody, Lynnfield and Salem Mass.), Matthew 25: Ministries (an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization that strives to help the poorest of the poor locally, regionally, nationally and internationally regardless of race, creed or political persuasion), and volunteering for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) (a Christian non-profit committed to feeding the hungry in body and spirit), made a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and children in need.

We also made a positive impact in our communities through donations to non-profit organizations like: WINGS (an organization that assists battered women and their children by providing a safe house for them and helping them rebuild their lives), Safehouse of Seminole (dedicated to ending the indefinite cycle of domestic violence), Children’s Home Society (a foster care agency in Central Florida that focuses on protecting and healing children, building and strengthening families, and bolstering teens struggling to survive on their own), and by volunteering at Edgewood Children’s Ranch (offers residence for children who exhibit negative social behavior due to family circumstances).

We likewise donated to the following animal refuge and welfare organizations:

  • Great Plains SPCA – Merriam, KS – an organization that saves, protects, and improves the lives of animals
  • Macon Purrs-n-Paws –Macon, GA a nonprofit that rescues animals—primarily cats—from kill shelters
  • The Michigan Humane Society – the state’s oldest and largest animal welfare organization
  • Satitopr.com Foundation – an institution that rescues abandoned and abused animals from the streets of Puerto Rico and place them in new, forever homes

We also volunteered at the Auburn Hills, MI Animal Shelter, the Michigan Humane Society, The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) (dedicated to rescuing stray and/or abused animals and placing them in good homes), and assisted the staff at the Auburn Hills Humane Society in Rochester Hills, MI (a full service animal hospital).

Finally, our volunteers at the Linden Police Department spent a day helping officers clean up the streets of their city (one day does make a difference!).

Our 2014 Business/Volunteer Framework

Our mission in 2014 was “to meet our financial goals as a company in order to create opportunities so people can live better.” Our CEO Kurt O’Brien elaborated:

“We consider it our responsibility to improve our company results so that we can make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Whether it’s through the donations we provide to the people and organizations that need our help or through inspiring volunteer efforts of Simply Self Storage associates, we are passionate about achieving our goals so we can impact the lives of those around us. Everybody wins when performance is tied to philanthropy.”

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Simply Volunteers at Edgewood Children’s Ranch

As part of a companywide philanthropic effort, employees at Simply Self Storage’s corporate office located in Orlando, FL volunteered at The Edgewood Children’s Ranch on May 29, 2014. We cut vegetables grown locally at the ranch and helped to prepare dinner for the children who make the ranch their home. The Edgewood Children’s Ranch was founded in 1966 when Juvenile Court Judge D. Arthur Yergey saw a need for a residential facility for young boys who had exhibited negative social behavior due to family circumstances. In following years, the Ranch added girls to its program and is now called the Edgewood Children’s Ranch. Through this residential program for boys and girls ages 6-17, the ranch today is able to accommodate more than 70 students at a time. The methods and goals are the same as in 1966–love and prayer, bringing about changed hearts and lives. We were honored to work alongside the ranch’s volunteers to help prepare the night’s meal and had a great time while doing it!


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