PODS Enterprises, Inc., and its network of franchises in 46 states, will once again support the US Marine Toys for Tots this year by donating their PODS containers where ever needed to support toy drives. In 2013, 483 PODS containers were delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps toy drive across the United States–at an estimated value of $347,000.
“PODS is grateful to be entrusted by Toys for Tots for the safe and secure storage and transport of these important donations,” said George Spowart, PODS Chief Marketing Officer. “It is gratifying to know our services will help alleviate the stress of the teams who work tirelessly to deliver holiday cheer to thousands of children in need.”
From now through December, Toys for Tots will collect new, unwrapped toys and then distribute them as Christmas gifts to children in need. Toys for Tots campaigns are conducted in communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. PODS delivers their patented containers to radio stations, toy drives, Marine bases or where ever they are needed for collection and storage of toys until toy distribution days.
In the 67 years since the Toys for Tots program began, the Marines have distributed more than 476 million toys have been provided for 223 million less fortunate children across the United States who might not otherwise receive anything during the holiday season.
“We were very pleased to have PODS back as a key national corporate sponsor,” said retired Marine Maj. Bill Grein, Vice President of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “With their generous support, we are able to save tens of thousands of dollars in logistics, which will enable us to fulfill the Christmas holiday dreams of thousands of less fortunate children who might otherwise have been forgotten.”
PODS containers will be used to store donated toys at Toys for Tots collection points across the U.S. and PODS will provide transportation of the donated toys to local Toys for Tots distribution centers.
About PODS Enterprises, Inc.
PODS® is a leader in the moving and storage industry providing both residential and commercial services in 46 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the UK. Founded in 1998, PODS pioneered the portable moving and storage industry now preferred by many customers’ increasingly active and mobile lifestyles. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 500,000 long-distance moves, exceeded 2 million deliveries and has more than 150,000 PODS containers in service.
About Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots is the official charity of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. In October, November and December of each year, the Marines collect new, unwrapped toys for children. The objective of Toys for Tots is to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas with a new toy. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that provides fundraising and other support for the Toys for Tots Program.