Local community asked to donate household items to help foster youth create a home of their own.
PODS Moving and Storage of Stockton, The Chicken Barn and KAT Country 103 Radio are partnering for Aspiranet, one of California’s largest and most innovative providers of transitional foster care programs, to host a donation drive to benefit teens transitioning out of foster care on Oct. 1.
In California, foster care currently ends at 18 with approximately 4,000 foster youths aging out of the child welfare system annually. Aspiranet provides THP-Plus (Transitional Housing Program) programs that provide a safe living environment for youth 18-24 while teaching them life skills to help them become self-sufficient.
What: Donation drive to benefit local foster teens in Modesto and Stockton
Date: Oct. 1, 2011
Time: Donations accepted from 11:00 am. – 3:00 pm. with a live radio remote 10 am. - noon by KAT Country 103
Where: PODS® container at the Chicken Barn in The Lakes Shopping Center, 2601 Oakdale Rd., Modesto
Information: PODS.com/stockton.aspx, aspiranetheroes.org/.
Suggested donations include new or gently used sofas, chairs, dining sets, desks, small appliances, dishes, kitchen items and other household items. New bedding, sheets, pillows, baby cribs, mattresses, strollers, high-chairs and car seats also are needed for teens that are parents and new or gently used clothing for interviews or the workplace (suits, slacks, ties, shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses, shoes).
PODS® will collect, store and deliver items to be given to Aspiranet youth transitioning from foster care to independence.
“It is our hope our neighbors and business partners will pull together to fill our PODS® containers with an abundance of household items and furniture to help with this great need,” said Ken Ude, president and CEO of Storage Mobility, dba PODS of Stockton.
For more information about fostering a teen and transitional foster care, call 1-877-350-HERO or visit aspiranetheroes.org/.
About Storage Mobility
Storage Mobility has been serving the storage and moving needs of residents and businesses across the country since 2004. Operating 21 franchises, the firm currently owns more than 8,800 PODS® branded containers and employs approximately 100 people.
Founded in 1998, PODS (PODS.com) currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 250,000, 000 million consumers and businesses, in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the U.K., through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 330,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 1.8 million deliveries and has over 143,000 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 the website or call 800-776-7637.
Aspiranet (aspiranet.org), a nonprofit 501©(3) charity, supports foster children, siblings, families, and the community with 35 core programs offering specialized services through 44 satellite centers within California.
Founded 35 years ago as a six-bed group home for young boys in Moss Beach, Calif., Aspiranet is one of the most diverse nonprofit social service agencies in the state. With a statewide network of innovative services, Aspiranet has touched the lives of over 10,000 families and children since its founding.
Aspiranet’s vision of bringing families together and helping foster children, siblings, and parents thrive is realized through six areas of expertise – Family Services, Foster Care, Adoption, Education, Afterschool programs, and Community Partnerships.