(CLEARWATER, Fla.) – PODS Enterprises, Inc., its national franchise network and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots are working together to collect and distribute more than 25,000 toys to children across the country this holiday season.
The 2011 Toys for Tots national campaign began Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 15. Toys for Tots annually collects and distributes toys in the communities where a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located to help less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas. PODS® franchises and corporate-owned locations have donated PODS® storage containers in over 200 cities and towns across the U.S. to serve as mobile toy collection centers.
“We are grateful to be working with PODS again this holiday season,” said Bill Grein, Toys for Tots Foundation vice president of marketing and a retired Marine. “Their continued support through the use of on-site containers for our locations has provided more flexibility and security to our yearly collections.”
On Nov. 21, Denny’s restaurants also partnered with Toys for Tots in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis and Miami when they challenged diners to help fill a PODS® container with toy donations during one 24-hour period.
In addition, PODS will donate five percent of container rental revenue through December 31, 2011, for new orders placed using a special promotional code for the Toys for Tots program. Customers can find this promo code on collateral at toy collection sites and on the PODS web site:
Since 1947, the Toys for Tots program through the U.S. Marine Corps has distributed more than 420 million toys to more than 196 million underprivileged children.
Founded in 1998, PODS currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 250 million consumers and businesses, in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the UK, through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 320,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 1.8 million deliveries and has nearly 143,000 PODS® containers in service.
PODS® secure containers are constructed of a steel frame and are available in three sizes: approximately 7-by-7-by-8 feet, 12-by-8-by-8 feet and 16-by-8-by-8 feet. The 12-foot and 16-foot containers have been tested to withstand winds of more than 110-mph when partially loaded. Newer PODS® containers have the same steel frame construction but are completely recyclable panels made of steel skins and a high-density polyethylene core. For more information or to schedule service, visit PODS.com or call 800-776-7637.