American Red Cross and Smartbox Portable Self Storage Form Partnership

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SMARTBOX Portable Self Storage, a leading moving and storage provider and the American Red Cross have formed a partnership whereby SMARTBOX will provide storage, logistics, and distribution assistance during times of natural disasters. SMARTBOX will also provide a discount to all Red Cross employees, volunteers and retirees who have moving and storage needs.

SMARTBOX, a leader in the portable self-storage industry that offers individuals and businesses affordable, convenient storage as well as local and long-distance moving solutions, today announces it has formed a partnership with the American Red Cross to enhance its disaster-relief services and assist the local chapters in the 34 markets SMARTBOX serves.

SMARTBOX will provide disaster-relief assistance by storing supplies and transporting them to American Red Cross distribution points in times of natural disaster. For example, in the event of an emergency such as a hurricane, the American Red Cross will contact SMARTBOX, which will deliver its portable storage containers to affected areas. The containers will be loaded with pallets of shrink-wrapped supplies and distributed to Red Cross shelters in need, greatly expediting the process the Red Cross currently uses.

"We're honored to be 'on-call' for the American Red Cross in assisting those in need across the country during an emergency," said Mike Lowe, president and CEO of SMARTBOX. "It's our hope that we can help the Red Cross do all the wonderful things it does even better."

SMARTBOX also will provide services and assistance to Red Cross chapters in the areas it serves, such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, San Antonio and Los Angeles. In addition, the portable self-storage firm will provide a benefit to Red Cross employees, volunteers and retirees, offering a discount for their moving and storage needs.

"The Red Cross serves such an invaluable role in our community; it is the epitome of community service," Lowe said. "We are excited about the opportunity to do anything we can to help out."

SMARTBOX, named one of the best franchises in the country by the Franchise Business Review earlier this year, helped deliver more than 50,000 items to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Founded in 2003, SMARTBOX has opened locations across the United States, enabling residential and commercial users to pack and load their belongings at their convenience in containers that are 8 feet long, 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide and can hold the contents of up to 1½ rooms (3,000 pound capacity). When they've finished packing their Smartboxes, users can call SMARTBOX to pick them up and deliver them for storage in one of its secure warehouses or for moving to another location - across town or across the country - through its SMARTCARE service. These moving and storage services are available by calling 87-SMARTBOX.

SMARTBOX is a leader in the portable self-storage industry, offering individuals and businesses affordable and convenient storage and local and long-distance moving solutions. Based in Richmond, Va., SMARTBOX services more than 60 million people in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Denver, Fredericksburg, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Va., Raleigh, N.C., Richmond, Va., San Antonio and West Palm Beach, Fla. For a complete list of locations, please visit

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.


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