PODS® containers line up to help collect more than 350,000 toys during Operation Stocking Stuffer

PODS® Houston teamed up with the Houston Fire Department to provide moving and storage services to transport and store the generous outpouring of toys from the Houston community

Online PR News – 09-January-2013 – HOUSTON, Texas – During the 2012 Operation Stocking Stuffer toy drive, Houstonians were encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any Houston Fire Department (HFD) stations during the months of November and December to help families experience the joy of Christmas.

As a result, more than 350,000 toys were collected, highlighting the importance of local business support and logistics needed to help store and transport the generous donations. PODS® Houston, a moving and storage company, worked closely with the HFD to collect and safely store the bevy of toys by contributing safe and secure PODS® containers.

“We are so happy to have been able to help the Houston Fire Department collect and distribute gifts for our less fortunate neighbors just in time for Christmas,” said Phil Dvorak, managing partner for PODS Houston. “Our storage containers work really well to support nonprofits, especially with logistic needs. We look forward to helping Operation Stocking Stuffer again next year.”

When the toy drive came to an end in December, PODS helped transport the 350,000 donations to a warehouse to be sorted through, helping save the HFD thousands of dollars in moving and storage logistics. The toys were later distributed at the giveaway event, which helped about 15,000 families with financial hardships.

For more information about the nonprofits PODS Houston serves, visit: http://www.pods.com/houston_community.aspx.

About PODS Houston

PODS Houston is one of the largest independently-owned franchises of PODS Enterprises in the country and is the leading provider of moving and storage services to residents and businesses throughout the greater Houston area. PODS Houston is locally owned and operated and began serving Houston-area residents in 2003.

Each year, PODS Houston donates moving and storage solutions for over 20 Houston-area charities in support of their contributions to the community. The Salvation Army, Houston Arts Alliance, the YMCA and Toys for Tots are among the many organizations PODS Houston partners with annually.

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 400,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 2.0 million deliveries and has over 145,000 PODS® containers in service.