PODS donated more than 346 PODS containers to support the annual holiday toy drive in more than 200 communities across the United States. The donated containers saved Toys for Tots thousands of dollars for moving and storage logistics. The annual Toys for Tots program, which runs from October – December, collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them as Christmas gifts for children in need throughout communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The PODS® containers served as collection points, which increased visibility for the toy drives, and safely and securely stored the donated toys.
"We love helping brighten the holidays of children and our local PODS franchise owners and corporate stores were happy to have assisted with the Toys for Tots drive," said John B. Koch, president & CEO PODS Enterprises, Inc. "We look forward to continuing to expand our partnership with Toys for Tots next holiday season."
The objectives of Toys for Tots is to help children in need experience the joy of Christmas, to nurture the development of children, to unite members of local communities in a common cause and to contribute to the future betterment of communities. In the 65 years since the Toys for Tots program began, the Marines have distributed more than 467 million toys to more than 215 million underprivileged children.
"We were very pleased to have had PODS back for their third year as a key national corporate sponsor," said retired Marine Maj. Bill Grein, vice president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. "With their generous logistic support, we were able to save tens of thousands of dollars, which enabled us to fulfill the Christmas holiday dreams of thousands of less fortunate children who might otherwise have been forgotten."
About PODS Enterprises, Inc.
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.
About Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
Toys for Tots, a 65 year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime. It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 6.7 million less fortunate children. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.