There are few things that can be more rewarding than putting together a charitable fundraiser, but they can be an awful lot of work too. This is the time of year when you’ll see a lot of fundraisers and charity drives and there’s a lot of details to take care of. You need to set a date for the event, you need a venue, and if you’re doing a charity auction, yard sale or a clothing, food or toy drive, you’re going to need a place to put everything. You want to be certain that the items you’re gathering for your charitable fundraiser are stored in a safe and secure area. That’s why you need A.B. Richards.
A.B. Richards Has the Storage Units You Need
A.B. Richards rents ground level portable storage containers for all sorts of uses. We’re a rental company so you have to return the storage units and you can’t repurpose them, but what you do when you have them is up to you. If you’re having a tag sale and you need a storage container that fits on a smaller residential lot then you can’t beat our 20ft storage containers, which fit well in tight spaces. If you’re expecting to handle a large number of items for your event, or if you run a business that has a large inventory, or needs to store equipment for a job site try our 40ft storage containers or 40ft Jumbo Containers with an extra foot of headroom. If you’re hosting a fundraiser, A.B. Richards wants to give you some tips on storage.
Getting Items for Charity Auction
If you’re planning a charity auction, the success of your event is going to depend on what you procure. The non-profit website WInspire, suggests having a brainstorming session for ideas about your auction. Once you figure out who your audience is, decide who to ask for donations. You should calculate how much you intend to raise and figure out the retail value of the items you’re looking for or have been donated. If it’s small scale, people often donate gift baskets or discounts for local businesses. Signed memorabilia is also popular for auctions.
Storing for Charity Drives
If you’re running a charity food drive, make sure that you store things safely. There’s a reason why these types of fundraisers usually ask you to donate canned goods. But even cans can rust as can metal jar lids. According to the University of Minnesota Extension, cans should be stored in a cool, clean, dry place in temperatures above freezing and below 85 degrees. Keeping temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees is optimal. Check the expiration dates on the cans and try not to keep them for more than a year also be careful of bulging, leaking, or dented cans.
If you’re collecting clothes, wash everything first. Good Housekeeping recommends hanging coats in garment bags and folding sweaters and sticking them into plastic bins. Gloves and socks can be rolled up and placed in bins too.
A.B. Richards Will Keep Your Items Secure
If you need space to store items for your fundraiser, A.B. Richards will keep them secure. All of our storage units are made of 14-gauge steel. They have padlocked doors that open out for easy storage. We’ll help your fundraising go a bit more smoothly. Contact us today.