When Phil Mikel, Senior Manager of StoreSmart®, heard that Blankets & Breakfast needed to store their donated supplies, he immediately offered free storage space. Blankets & Breakfast distributes donations to the homeless population on Thanksgiving morning.
Online PR News – 14-October-2013 – Fort Myers, FL – Blankets & Breakfast 2013 was off to an excellent start. The charity launched its first Facebook page, got immediate participation from area churches and schools and the supplies were starting to pour in. The only problem? Where to store them until the big event on Thanksgiving.
That's when Phil Mikel, Senior Manager of StoreSmart® Self Storage in Fort Myers came to the rescue. Store Smart is donating a 5' x 10' space that the charity can use to store donations.
This is the third year that Blankets & Breakfast has mobilized the community to gather donations and distribute them to local individuals and families who are homeless.
"When I heard about their mission, I just knew that we had to help somehow. Hopefully having a place to store donated items will make it easier for them to collect even more this year than ever!" said Mikel.
The organization is collecting blankets, warm clothing, toiletries, hand sanitizer, backpacks or bags and any other items that would make life a little bit easier. This year, the donations will be handed out in two locations: Lions Park off U.S. 41 and Morningstar Baptist Church on Richmond Ave., both in Fort Myers.
The organization started when Will Constantine, then a third grader, was sad when he saw families evicted from homes in his mother's property management business. When the weather turned cooler, he began to wonder what those families were doing to stay warm. "Will saw a need in the community and never looked back. Each year we strive to make the Blankets & Breakfast event larger and more productive than ever. There are so many items that we all have that we don't need. It's amazing how much impact we can have when we simply give back," said Kerry Constantine, Will's mother and Founder of Blankets & Breakfast.
About StoreSmart® Self Storage:
StoreSmart® Self Storage (http://www.storesmart.org) is a national developer of, and asset manager for premier Class A self-storage properties. The company is dedicated to providing residential and commercial customers with the best possible self-storage experience at the lowest prices!
About Blankets & Breakfast:
Blankets & Breakfast is a Fort Myers-based charity that collects blankets, bags, toiletries, clothing and other essential items for the homeless in the community. On Thanksgiving morning, volunteers distribute the donations along with breakfast to those in need. For more information about donating or volunteering your time, "like" the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blanketsandbreakfast or contact Kerry Constantine at 239-691-7004.