In April, PODS placed a container in the parking lot of the Administration Building at the Betteravia Government Center and has been collecting donations for the veterans from local businesses and the public. Since then, the Santa Barbara Stand Down Committee has helped sort through many collected items, such as towels, boxes of soap, socks, shirts, wheel chairs, clothing, books, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bottled water and paper goods. The container will then be transported to Santa Maria Fairpark the day before the Stand Down event.
“The Stand Down is a great event to help many local veterans receive the services they need to get back on their feet,” said Steve Yapp, local PODS franchise owner. “PODS is honored to donate a container to have citizens fill it up with supplies for these veterans.”
Started in 1988, Stand Downs are an effort from the Department of Veterans Affairs that helps provide services to homeless veterans. Since then, more than 200,000 veterans have been helped through the Stand Downs. The Santa Barbara County Stand Down will have many services on hand for local veterans, including legal services, employment counseling, social services, mental, dental, vision and hearing services, photo IDs, chaplain services, comfort kits, toiletries and showers, meals, entertainment and more.
It’s so inspiring to see people like Steve Yapp and his employees at PODS continue to step up for our veterans,” said Santa Barbara County Fifth District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino. “PODS has been a key to our success by providing us with a secure and convenient place for the community to store all the donated items that will be handed out to our veterans.”
The Santa Maria Fairpark is located at 937 S. Thornburg St. For more information or to help volunteer, visit sbcountystanddown.com
Steve Yapp is the owner of three Tri-Counties PODS franchises that serve residents and businesses in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Dedicated to the local community, Yapp’s franchises have donated hundreds of PODS® containers to nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Diego and Los Angeles counties since opening their doors in 2005.
A partial list of recipients include: Boys & Girls Clubs, FOOD Share of Ventura County, Casa Pacifica, Toys 4 Tots, California Strawberry Festival, Ojai Music Festival, Relay for Life, C.H.P. Holiday Toy Drive, Salvation Army, Santa Maria Good Samaritan, Oxnard Downtown Management District, Boy Scouts of Ventura County, California Visitors Center, Simi Valley Days, the Oxnard Salsa Festival, and Catholic Charities.
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 380,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 2.0 million deliveries and has over 144,000 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.