Monday, November 05, 2007

Hide-Away Storage gives $30,000 to Salvation Army:

Steve Wilson, managing partner of Hide-Away Storage, celebrated the 30th anniversary of his business by giving $30,000 to area Salvation Army shelters and churches today.

Wilson gave $12,000 to The Salvation Army in Manatee County to help cover shelter expenses for the homeless. The Salvation Army of Sarasota County received $9,000.

The remainder of Hide-Away's $30,000 gift was presented to The Salvation Army operations in St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, and Naples.

"We wanted to find a way to show our appreciation to our thousands and thousands of wonderful customers and also to the communities in which we have served during the past 30 years, Wilson said in news release. "It just seemed natural to choose the Salvation Army for our 30th anniversary celebration gift. After all, the Salvation Army is one of the most admired service organizations worldwide. And we try to use the Salvation Army as a model of how we at the Hide-Away Storage can serve our customer base."

The gifts come at a crucial time when supplies are low and the numbers of homeless are on the increase, said Ashley Canesse, development director of The Salvation Army in Bradenton. "People who used to donate to us are finding themselves now in need."

The $12,000 gift to the Bradenton shelter will house, feed and provide case management for 40 women and children for nine critical days and nights," says Major Tony Barrington, area coordinator for The Salvation Army, Manatee.

The first Hide-Away Storage location began in September of 1977 in Bradenton. There are now 10 locations, three in Bradenton, three in Sarasota, and one each in Ellenton, St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, and Naples.

Staff Report Bradenton Herald 11/5/07

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