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Out with the old and IN with the new. Start the New Year by decluttering your home with these 4 simple tips:

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Tip 1. Donate to Charity

Pack a lighter load by digging deep into your closets, basement and garage for those items that you no longer use, need, or want. You’ll be surprised by how much space you free up when you rid your home of the items that repeatedly find themselves in the junk pile.

 

Tip 2. Categorize Storage Bins

Use storage bins or baskets to group all of your household items into categories based on frequency of use, room in the house, or family member. This way you’ll always know exactly where extra toilet paper is, and even better, you’ll know when you’re running low.

 

Tip 3. Clear the Clutter with a PODS® container

Resist your temptation to over stock your garage with boxes.  Instead, stays organized by storing all of your less-frequently used items, such as holiday decorations and seasonal items in one of our safe and secure PODS® containers.

 

Tip 4. Use Clear and Labeled Plastic Containers

This will allow you to quickly locate and retrieve items from your home’s storage or PODS® container.

 

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Beating all odds: California woman fights second battle with ovarian cancer, wins PODS® $10,000 Home Makeover Takeover Sweepstakes

PODS President and CEO presents check to winner in Modesto, Calif.

 $10,000 Makeover pic for blog (CLEARWATER, Fla.) – Dec. 19, 2012 – Sharon Harshbarger of Mi-Wuk, Calif. was about to undergo renovations for her family home in the Stanislaus National Forest when she learned the heartbreaking news she had a recurring diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

“I was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008 and after several rounds of chemotherapy, it returned two years later as Stage 4 ovarian cancer,” Harshbarger explained. “The chemo has kept me from doing the homemaking projects I’ve had on my to-do list for many, many years.”

When Harshbarger learned about PODS® Enterprises, Inc.’s $10,000 Home Makeover Takeover Sweepstakes back in October, she immediately signed up for the moving and storage company’s contest in hopes she could finish her long awaited home improvement projects. Harshbarger’s wish came true. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, PODS President and CEO, John Koch, presented her with a $10,000 check at the PODS Modesto, Calif. storage facility to help renovate and restore her family home in the mountains.

“I’m so happy to be alive and pray for remission everyday,” Harshbarger said. “This truly is a Christmas miracle. I thank PODS for their support and with this prize, now I can really work on my project list. Our home in the mountains has given me great peace – I’m happy to return the favor with a facelift!”

“Sharon has been through many struggles but is a proven fighter and we are proud to present her with this prize money to help renovate her home,” Koch said. “Sharon has been a loyal customer of ours and we look forward to providing our moving and storage services to her.”

The $10,000 Home Makeover Sweepstakes was launched to celebrate the delivery of PODS’ two millionth container delivery in Valrico, Fla. in August and to show customer appreciation.

Photo cut line: Sharon Harshbarger proudly poses with PODS President and CEO John  Koch as she accepts her check for winning the PODS $10,000 Makeover Takeover Sweepstakes.

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.

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PODS® of Lexington brings holiday magic to help support Toys for Tots drive, Nov. 1 – Dec. 15

Moving and storage company will play Santa Claus by helping collect toys for Lexington children

(Lexington,KY) – Nov. 13, 2012–To help spread the holiday cheer to Lexington children, PODS Lexington a moving and storage company, has teamed up with Lexington Toys for Tots and S&S Tire to collect donated toys for Lexington children for the 61st annual Toys for Tots drive. PODS Lexington will donate several safe and secure PODS® containers at participating S&S Tire locations that will be used to transport the collected community toy donations to Lexington Toys for Tots.

From Nov. 1 – Dec. 15 between the hours of 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., the public is encouraged to make a donation by bringing a new, unwrapped toy and help fill the PODS® containers located at the following four S&S Tire locations:

  • Eastland Shopping Center, 1213 Winchester Road, Lexington. 859-281-8540.
  • Beaumont, 3070 Fieldstone Way, Lexington. 859-219-2081.
  • Hamburg, 1512 Pleasant Ridge Dr., Lexington. 859-264-7400.
  • Brannon Crossing, 500 E. Brannon Road, Nicholasville. 859-272-1440.

Anyone who drops off a toy receives 10 percent off Bridgestone Tires or services over $100.

“Last year, we helped collect 56,000 toys throughout 16 Kentucky counties for the Toys for Tots campaign and are hoping to collect even more this year,” said David and Ken Kocon, brothers and co-owners of PODS Lexington. “This is a great way for us and the community to step up and help support this great cause.”

Each year from Nov. – Dec., the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation (http://toysfortots.org/), which is also the national charity of PODS Enterprises, Inc (http://www.pods.com/)., annually collects and distributes toys in communities where Marine Corps Reserve Units are located to help less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas.

“The demand for toys this year is higher with the continued financial hardships across the state of Kentucky,” said SSgt. C.J. Santimaw, Lexington Toys for Tots coordinator. “We thank PODS Lexington for supporting our community and helping us collect special holiday toy donations for  our local children.”

The objectives of Toys for Tots are 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 63 years since the Toys for Tots program began, the Marines have distributed more than 419 million toys to more than 195 million underprivileged children.

About PODS Lexington

Opened in 2004, PODS Lexington is the leading provider of moving and storage services to individuals and business in the Lexington Bluegrass region of Kentucky.

Owners, David and Ken Kocon, have over 35 years of combined business experience. PODS Lexington is a leading corporate citizen and the Kocons support their local community with donations of PODS® containers to charitable organizations and community events throughout the year.

Founded in 1998, PODS 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 400,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 2,000,000 million deliveries and has over 145,000 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 PODS.com or call 800-776-7637.

For more information or to schedule service, www.podslexington.com or call 800-776-7637.

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 7.4 million less fortunate children. Since 1947 over 195 million children have been assisted. For more information, visit http://www.toysfortots.org.

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Consortium Media Services

805.654.1564

Denise Bean-White, ext. 111

dbw@consortium-media.com

Kateri Wozny, ext. 117

kateri@consortium-media.com

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PODS® Lexington to help God’s Pantry stock up for the holidays during food drive, Nov. 1 – 21

(LEXINGTON, K.Y.) – Oct. 30, 2012 –To help fill hungry adults’ and children’s stomachs this holiday season, PODS® Lexington, a moving and storage company, will donate a safe and secure PODS® container during the “Stock the PODS® container for God’s Pantry” food drive from Nov. 1 – 21. The drive will help raise awareness of the problem of hunger in Kentucky.

During the drive, a PODS® container will be placed in the Clear Channel Radio parking lot located at 2601 Nicholasville Road. The container will serve as a collection point for the public who wish to donate a nonperishable food items, including: canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned tomatoes, canned soup, canned tuna, canned chicken, fruit juice, pasta, rice, hot and cold cereals, and peanut butter. Once the container is filled, all donations collected will be delivered to God’s Pantry Food Bank.

“Nobody deserves to be hungry. We are committed to feeding as many mouths as possible and hope that the community sees the impact they are making when they drop off a food item,” said David and Ken Kocon, brothers and co-owners of PODS Lexington. “To have the public come together and support those in need is a great step in helping end hunger in our community.”

God’s Pantry Food Bank feeds 1 in 7 Kentuckians through its network of more than 270 member agencies and its own direct service programs. The Fayette County Pantry Program, operated by God’s Pantry Food Bank, provides a 7 – 10 day supply of groceries to an average of 1,750 families each month.

“Recently with reductions in the supply of federal commodities and other donated sources of food, support is needed like never before to assure that all Kentuckians have access to the nutrition needed to fuel their bodies,” said Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank. “The support of Clear Channel’s radio listeners made tangible through their donation of nonperishable food will go a long way in meeting the needs of hungry families in December. We thank PODS Lexington for making this possible!”

PODS Lexington is proud to partner with 98.1 The Bull, Mix 94.5 and WKQQ 100.1. For more information about the “Stock the PODS® container for God’s Pantry” food drive and other nonprofits PODS Lexington supports, visit http://www.pods.com/lexington_community.aspx.

About PODS Lexington

Opened in 2004, PODS Lexington is the leading provider of moving and storage services to individuals and business in the Lexington Bluegrass region of Kentucky.

Owners, David and Ken Kocon, have over 35 years of combined business experience. PODS Lexington is a leading corporate citizen and the Kocons support their local community with donations of PODS® containers to charitable organizations and community events throughout the year.

Founded in 1998, PODS 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 400,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 2,000,000 million deliveries and has over 145,000 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 PODS.com or call 800-776-7637.

For more information or to schedule service, www.podslexington.com or call 800-776-7637.

About God’s Pantry

The mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources.  We serve 50 counties of central and eastern Kentucky and distribute $100 worth of food for every $10 donated.  Last year, God’s Pantry Food Bank and its member agencies distributed more than 22.8 million pounds of groceries to more than 211,000 individuals.  God’s Pantry Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.  Through community partnerships and distribution of food to 50,000 agencies, Feeding America collectively works to assure that people in need have access to a balanced diet.  For more information visit us at www.godspantry.org or www.feedingamerica.org

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Consortium Media Services

Denise Bean White, ext. 111

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Kateri Wozny, ext. 117

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Moving with Children

Moving is stressful for families. In some cases the home you are leaving is the only existence your child has ever known. It can be daunting, especially to little people, to say the least.

Tell your child(ren) as soon as you know you’re moving; don’t spring it on them at the last minute. Give them time to adjust and expect tears and fears. Explain why you’re moving in terms they can understand for their age. Do you need more room? Are you relocating because of a new job?

If moving to a new city or state, go to websites that offer visual photos of the new community. You also can write to the local chamber of commerce or government offices and request printed materials to read with your kids ahead of time. Share photos and floor plans of your new home if possible and plan for the future as a family. Remain positive, even if you have fears yourself.

Be sure and pack lots of games, books or DVDs to keep children occupied if you are in for a long drive. Buy a new backpack or tote and put their favorite things inside. This way, they won’t have to look far to find items that bring comfort when you get to your new home.

PODS® understands moving is stressful and offers flexible pick-up and delivery of its PODS® containers when it is most convenient for families. Once your PODS® container is delivered, keep it as long as needed to pack at leisure. When you’re done, simply call and schedule pickup and your belongings will be delivered to your new home on the day you specify.

PODS®, The Best Moving & Storage Idea EVER! ™

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Hello Everyone,

Thanks to David, we are able to increase exposure and the collection of items for Toys for Tots “Pack the Pods” Events at S&S Tire. The Pod is set to arrive at S&S Tire HAMBURG on Wed. 11/24 and will be wrapped in Toys for Tots banners. 

Also, LM Communications is sponsoring promos, they can also accept toys in their studio and will do a live broadcast from the POD at Hamburg on Dec. 1st.

Dec. 1                    PACK THE POD EVENTS     We will also have TV coverage from ABC 36 at 6am, noon and 5:30 & 6:00           

Dec. 10th – PACK THE POD EVENTS    

Then we’d like to promote the final push of the campaign at S&S Tire, 2629 Richmond Rd. – Pack the POD Event - S&S Tire contact is Gary York, 269.8806

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Providing Experienced Disaster Recovery Planning and Assistance to Communities in Need

What began as an innovative moving and storage service in 1998 has evolved into a disaster recovery solution for government, social service agencies, businesses and homeowners.

The PODS® Rapid Response Team was formed to protect and salvage the possessions of citizens ravaged by storm or disaster. Pre-event or post-event, PODS® containers can be used to transport food, water and medical supplies to impacted areas or as a storage container for household items and assets of homeowners and businesses.

Safe and secure. PODS® containers can be stored onsite, conditions permitting, or at one of our nearby PODS secure Storage Centers. You have the only key to your PODS® container. Your belongings are safe and protected.

Rapid deployment into impacted areas. PODS can respond promptly to the needs of residents, businesses and government entities. PODS® containers can also be staged in advance of a disaster to increase response times.

Competent, trained drivers. Our drivers are specially trained to handle emergency road and delivery conditions.

Rugged and weather-resistant. PODS® containers are made of steel frame construction with a water-resistant seal and can withstand winds up to 110 mph when partially filled.

PODS is part of every local community it serves. Franchises support local organizations and nonprofits and participate in philanthropy. We care about the people we live and work with and are here to help in unpredictable events.

To date, PODS has made more than 1.6 million deliveries and completed over 300,000 long-distance moves. With PODS in locations across the U.S., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, franchises serve more than 22,000 cities and 240 million consumers and businesses.

PODS®, The Best Moving & Storage Idea EVER!™

 

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