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How You Can Help By Giving During the Holiday Season

Helping for the Holidays in Savannah

The holidays are time for giving and sharing with family, friends and the community. There are many ways to help out in the Savannah area, from serving community meals to donating new toys or coats for children in need. Many charitable organizations rely heavily on donations made during the holiday season. Some of the charities collect items for distribution for Christmas while others accept donations to help with their programs throughout the year. Find out more about a few of the charitable organizations that are holding special holiday donation campaigns.

Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive

The Marine Reserves sponsor the annual Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive Campaign  to collect new, unwrapped toys for children that are in need. The organization receives millions of dollars in toy and monetary donations each year. They work with local community organizations and church groups for toy donation on Christmas.  There are several Savannah area drop off points for Toys for Tots. They will be collecting toys through mid-December.

Salvation Army of Savannah

The Salvation Army was started in the mid 1880’s by a British evangelical preacher, William Booth. Members of Booth’s church group immigrated to the United States in 1880 and the program quickly spread across the United States. Today, the Salvation Army assists nearly 30 million Americans nationwide each year with homeless relief programs, disaster relief, boys and girls groups and much more. The Salvation Army of Savannah  has been serving those in need in the Savannah area since 1900. One of the major fundraising campaigns for the Salvation Army is the Red Kettle Campaign. This giving program began in 1891 and today raises millions of dollars every holiday season to help with local Salvation Army programs. Salvation Army volunteers are dispersed across the area collecting holiday donations with their red kettles and bells.

Another popular Salvation Army holiday charity program is The Angel Tree.  The program matches donors with children from qualified families to ensure that they receive gifts and clothing during the holidays. Participating donors can take one or more Angels from the “Angel Tree” located in malls and at various stores throughout the Savannah area. Donors can purchase age- and gender-appropriate toys, clothing, or special needs items as listed on the coded section of the Angels donation slip. Return the unwrapped items with the coded section of the Angel slip attached to the designated drop-off locations by December 14th to ensure delivery by the holidays.

Savannah Food Bank

The Savannah Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia  is the Savannah area’s food bank. The organization serves over 300 charitable programs in 21 urban and rural coastal Georgia communities. The Savannah Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is always accepting monetary or food donations and volunteer assistance to help sort the food in their warehouse. Donations to local food pantries also come in handy throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. If you would like to donate actual food items to the food bank or food pantries in the Savannah area, make sure that the items are non-perishable. Suggested items for holiday meal donations include canned pumpkin, canned yams, cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing mix or died macaroni. For everyday needs, suggested food donations include canned beans, nuts, peanut butter, canned tuna or salmon, dried beans, rice, oatmeal pasta, tomato sauce, flour and canned vegetables. Check with local organizations for Christmas free dinners and events for the community.

Savannah Feed the Hungry Meals

Savannah Feed the Hungry Inc.  hosts Christmas dinners during the holiday season in Savannah and Port Wentworth.  The Port Wentworth dinner is at the Holiday Inn Express in Port Wentworth on December 22nd. The Savannah meal is at the John S. Deleware Center on December 23rd. Savannah Feed the Hungry is planning on serving over 45,000 meals in 2015 to those in need in the area. Since 2009, they have served over 450,000 meals. The event will also help families in need with extra help for toys for Christmas, free health screenings and clothing.

The holidays are a wonderful time to help others by giving to holiday charity programs or by volunteering at food banks, food pantries and community holiday meals. Helping others who are in need is a great way to honor the meaning of the season. Stop N Stor wishes all of their customers, vendors, family and friends all the best this holiday season.

Back to School Storage Ideas for College Students

College Students moving into a dormIt is hard to believe that August and September are back to school time for colleges in the Savannah area! It seemed like the summer went by way too quickly!  Some local colleges start their classes very soon!  South University  is the first to get started back to school with the fall semester starting August 6th. Savannah State University  students head back to classes on August 10th.  Armstrong State University  students and faculty start classes on August 17th and Savannah Technical College’s many local campuses, including one in Liberty County head back to classes on August 24th.  Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)  will start their classes on September 14th.

College students have different challenges than elementary through high school kids.  Freshman year for college students is a year of challenges, adjustments and fun experiences. One of the biggest challenge for new college students is adjusting to sharing a dorm room with one or more roommates. Dorm rooms can be very small, some averaging only 300 square feet, so any type of storage space should be optimized.  We have mentioned that storing college items is a great option for college students and faculty for the summer months or if they are away from campus doing internships, co-ops or working away from campus. Actually, a self storage unit is a terrific year-round student storage solution for extra furniture, bedding, books, athletic equipment and seasonal clothing that does not fit in the small amount of space in a dorm room.

College students actually start off their school year with a minimum of items, but gather more “stuff” as the school year (and years) progress. There are many college freshman school checklists that can help a new student (and their parents) prepare for the start of the school year with a minimum amount of items. The list does include under the bed storage bins, which are great out-of-the-way storage options. But, as the student accumulates more items, they will run out of storage room much quicker. Instead of having a cluttered dorm room, a great storage option is to rent a storage unit.

Most self storage facilities, including Stop N Stor, rent their storage units on a month-by-month basis, which is perfect for students who are on a budget. Stop N Stor facilities offer state-of-the-art security systems giving students the peace of mind that their belongings are safe and secure while in storage.  Also, Stop N Stor has climate controlled storage units, which can protect art projects, paintings, sculptures, art materials and supplies for Savannah College of Art and Design students. The climate controlled storage units also help protect musical instruments from heat and humidity damage.

Stop N Stor has convenient locations for local college students in Port Wentworth on Georgia Highway 30  and Georgia Highway 21 and in and Savannah.  Stop N Stor has a variety of storage unit sizes from 5’x5’ to 10’x30’ to cover any student’s storage needs. Depending on the size of the rented storage unit, students can place belongings ranging from books to loveseats in their storage unit. Storage units are perfect to store excess furniture, kitchen ware, seasonal clothing, mattresses and books. Stop by our facilities to see how we can help college students with their year round storage needs.

Stop N Stor Opens New Storage Facility in Port Wentworth

Stop N Stor is excited to announce that our newest location at 8901 Georgia Highway 21 in Port Wentworth opened last month. The state-of-the-art storage facility has nearly 400 climate and non-climate controlled storage units, outdoor parking for RVs, boats and trailers, and secure 24 hour gated access.  We have on-site professional storage managers, a digital surveillance system, packing and moving supplies, anti-pick locks, on-line bill pay, and drive-up access to outdoor storage units. The facility has a variety of storage unit sizes from 5’x5’ to 10’x20’ to help fulfill every personal, business or commercial storage need.

The new Port Wentworth facility  also has a self-service kiosk making the storage process even easier. You can rent, make a payment or purchase a lock via the kiosk 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The kiosk is fully accessible outside of our normal office hours of Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Stop N Stor offers convenient payment methods for storage rental including cash, check, credit card or automatic debit from your checking account. We also offer a variety of discounts including military, student, gulfstream and civil serviceman discount. Ask about these discounts and our customer referral program at the time of rental.

Stop N Stor hosted a public open house and ribbon cutting event with Port Wentworth public officials on Saturday, May 23rd.  The ribbon cutting event included the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce and Mayor, Glenn Jones. Stop N Stor is proud to be member of the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce! The open house was great fun with food, door prizes, gas card giveaways and one lucky person won 6 months of free storage!

Stop by any of our 6 Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah locations to see how Stop N Stor has the best storage solution for your needs.


Back to school-A Time of Transition

Back to School

The summer months have really flown by this year. The fall school routine has already been running in families for a few weeks and the kids are already deep into their classes for the new school year.  The Savannah/Chatham schools went back to school a few weeks ago.  Schools in Liberty County,  actually started back on August 7th!   Some local colleges started their fall semester classes in August including: Savannah State University , Armstrong Atlantic State University and Savannah Technical College’s many local campuses. Savannah College of Art & Design  will start their classes this week on September 12th. The students began moving into their dorms and apartments in Savannah this weekend.

Back to school is a time of transition for students and their families, especially for first time college students. If a student is just starting college and moving away from home, then they will need to condense and organize their belongings to fit in a college dorm room that is usually shared with one or more other people! When packing for college it is important to have the essentials: clothes, computers, electronics, books and school supplies, a few kitchen items, linens and everyday use items. Students can pack a few keepsakes from home if they are small. College students actually start off their school year with a minimum of items, but gather more “stuff” as the school year (and years) progress. We have mentioned before in posts  that self storage is a great option for college students at the end of the school year. Storing school items in a storage unit makes the move back home for the summer months much easier to handle. Most self storage facilities, including Stop N Stor, rent their storage units on a month-by-month basis, which is perfect for the student who only needs to rent a storage unit for a few months at a time. Also, Stop N Stor has climate controlled storage units, which protects art projects, paintings, sculptures, art materials and supplies for SCAD students. This is a perfect solution if there is not enough storage in a studio or even in the student’s dorm room. The climate controlled storage units also help protect musical instruments from heat and humidity damage.

Families of college students also go through a time of transition after the student has left home. Many parents decide to repurpose the student’s bedroom into an office, den, craft room, personal gym or in some cases another storage room. The parents take on the reorganization and cleaning project of the room, which includes packing up all of the student’s awards, projects and collections. Once the room is redecorated, there is no longer room for the student’s “stuff”. Place the excess items in a self storage unit while the student is away. Then, let them go through the boxes and make the decision if they want to keep the items or get rid of them. The items can also stay in storage until the college student graduates and can move the boxes into their new homes.

Stop N Stor has convenient locations for local college students in Port Wentworth and Savannah. Both of the locations offer a 10% student and faculty discount with proof of college ID. Stop by our facilities to see how we can help you in your storage needs from temporary storage for college students to long-term “empty nesters”.

Fourth of July in Savannah

4th of July events in Savannah

Fourth of July, the holiday celebrating our country’s independence from England is a day filled with patriotic concerts, community picnics, family gatherings and fireworks. This tradition goes back to July 4, 1776, the day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The 4th of July became an official federal holiday in 1870. There are many events in the Savannah area to celebrate our nation’s 237th birthday from visiting a state park to watching fireworks.

The holiday fun kicks off on July 3rd with the fireworks on Tybee Island.  The fireworks will start after 9pm and can be viewed from any point on the eastern side of the island including the beach or the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. For the history buffs, Fort McAllister  will be having Civil War era re-enactors, cannon and musket firings and old-fashioned family fun from 9am to 4pm on July 4th.

Savannah will be celebrating Independence Day in grand style with Fireworks on the River as part of the 4th of July on the Riverfront Festival. The fireworks will be at 9:30pm. There will be 3 days of activities along River Street including a Burger Battle on Friday, July 5th from 11am to 7pm and a Cornhole Tournament all day on Saturday, July 6th. There will be 8 bands that are performing throughout the long weekend. There are also children’s arts & crafts and other family entertainment, food vendors and shops. Fort Stewart and the 3rd Infantry Division will present “Salute America” starting at 8:30pm at Cottrell Field. The program includes a howitzer round being fired for all states and territories of the United States followed by fireworks. Check with your local community for information about holiday concerts and fireworks displays.

Stop N Stor  wishes our customers, vendors, family and friends a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. You will be able to access your storage units at all of the Stop N Stor locations  during the holiday.

Stop N Stor Auction on June 29, 2013


Auction goers check out a storage unit before bidding.
In an open bid auction, participants get a brief amount of time to see the contents of the unit before bidding starts.

Stop N Stor will be having a storage auction on June 29, 2013 at our Savannah and Port Wentworth locations. The auction starts at 10am at the Savannah facility at 5725 Ogeechee Road. Once bidding is completed at that location, the auction will proceed to the Port Wentworth facility at 315 Highway 30. There are 18 units in total that will be auctioned off that day. You can find more information about the auction in the Savannah Morning News.

The purpose of the storage auction is for self storage operators to recoup some, if not all, of the lost rent when a renter defaults on their payments. There is a multi-month process to contact the renter, but if contact cannot be made, then the storage unit will go up for auction.

The auction is a closed bidding process, which means that attendees can take a brief look at the contents of the storage unit before the bidding begins. Once the actual bidding starts, the door is closed on the storage unit until the winner of the auction is decided. There are a few “must-have” items when you attend a storage unit:

1. Cash-Stop N Stor will only accept cash payments at storage auctions.

2. Flashlight-This will be needed so you can get a better look at the contents of the storage unit.

3. Gloves-To protect your hands when you are sorting through the items in the storage unit that you just purchased.

4. A Lock-This is needed to put on the storage unit that was just purchased.

5. A way to remove the items that you just bought in the storage unit as well as a way to clean out the storage unit of the items that you don’t want to keep. Once you “win” the storage unit, you have 24-48 hours to remove the items from the storage unit.

Because of the continued popularity of “Storage Wars”, there still continues to be an increase in the attendance at storage unit auctions. People are coming to see if they can find any treasures or just get a good buy on items in a storage unit. If you are new to storage auctions, then you can read our recent blog post, for tips on how to look for possible treasures in a storage auction.

Stay tuned to Stop N Stor’s Facebook and Twitter for more up-to-date information about any future auctions.


Storage Auction Treasure Hunt

Searching for treasure at storage auctions

Attending storage auctions continues to be a popular past time for many people across the country. There are quite a few experts in the field who have made good profits on items that they have bid on at storage auctions. For the majority of auction goers, the fun is trying to find the next “big” storage treasure. It is important to be fully prepared with a plan when bidding at a storage auction in your town.

When attending storage auctions, there are a few must-haves that need to be properly prepared:

1. Cash-Most storage auctions do not take a check or a credit card

2. Flashlight-A flashlight will help you see inside a dark storage unit.

3. Gloves-When sorting or disposing the items in the storage unit, it is good to wear gloves to protect your hands.

4. Way to remove the items from the storage unit. Most storage operators will allow 24-48 hours to remove the items after a storage auction.

There is a website, Storage Treasures  that gives some great hints about the storage auction process as well as how to turn a profit with items that have been purchased at an auction. One of their tips is not to overbid on a storage unit, especially when you are just beginning to attend storage auctions. If it is your first time bidding at a storage auction, wait to see how others are bidding and then when you feel comfortable enough without going over your set budget, then you can place your bid. The attendees of a storage auction are given a short time to view the contents of the storage unit that is up for auction before an auctioneer starts the bidding process. Once the bidding is complete on the storage unit, then the auction moves on to the next storage unit that is up for auction until all of the units have been auctioned off.

There are certain clues to look for when looking at items in a storage auction to see if they could be valuable. Since there is such a short time to view the contents of the storage unit, you will need to have a keen eye to possible valuable items. Antiques, collectible items, cars and sometimes even money can be found in storage unit auctions, but you have to be able to train your eye to look for clues that could signal higher value items:]

1. Climate controlled storage units usually contain electronics or antiques to protect the items from extreme temperatures while in storage.

2. If the storage unit has a lot of dust or dirt covering the items, then they could have been stored for some time and there could be valuable items hidden in the boxes.

3. Look for electronic brand name boxes, because it means that there could be higher value items in the storage unit.

4. The shape and type of boxes could indicate what the item is inside. If a box is leaning or stacked “heavily” on another, it could mean that there are a lot of items in the box.

5. Look for obvious items such as musical instrument cases, safes or cash registers.

6. For those that are reselling items, larger storage units will usually contain more items, which can turn a better profit.

For a storage unit to be put up for auction, a facility manager or operator will have to have exhausted every possible way to contact the renter of the storage unit before it goes to auction. The storage operators can only recoup up to the lost rent amount during the storage auction. In most cases, the bidding comes well below that amount and the storage operators actually lose money. Keep an eye on this blog and Stop N Stor’s  social media pages:  Facebook and Twitter  for the latest information on upcoming storage auctions at our Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah locations.

Busy Season for Self Storage

Stop N Stor Hinesville 1 outside storage units

The summer months are the busiest time for the self store industry. In fact, one of the busiest days of the year for self storage operators is the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Some storage companies have coined the term, “Crazy Tuesday”, to describe the large increase in calls and reservations on the day. Sparefoot recently declared the day after Memorial Day as “National Moving Day” because the majority of Americans start their moving process right after Memorial Day. This is also a busy time for people moving to purchase packing and moving supplies.

The busy season for self storage coincides with the busiest time of year for moving companies. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the summer is the height of moving season with over 11% of people moving in June alone. Summer is the time that families, recent college graduates and young professionals move to new destinations and opportunities. As the housing market and the economy continues to recover, people are beginning to be on the move again with the majority of people moving within a 25 mile radius of their current home. Most people are moving due to jobs or new opportunities. If a family is moving, it is better to complete the move before the beginning of the new school year. Moving is a stressful time, but if you can properly prep for the move, then the process can be much smoother. Since it is a very busy time for moving companies, it is important to make appointments with moving companies at least 3-6 weeks in advance of your move.

Also, as the weather warms up, the rentals of storage units grows. There are many reasons for this including: people have finished their spring cleaning projects and need storage space for the items that they couldn’t throw away, life events such as graduating from college or getting married and moving for new jobs or if you are near a military base, deployments. Stop N Stor  has 5 locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah for all of your storage needs.  Stop N Stor knows that renting a self storage unit can be stressful for many different reasons. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you choose the best storage option for your needs. If you are student, member of the military or a member of one of our communities, we welcome you to tour our facilities to see how we are different form the other storage operators. Our facilities have state-of-the-art surveillance systems and 24 gate access to give you added security for your stored belongings. Stop N Stor offers discounts to active military personnel and current college students and faculty. Just show your school or military identification when you rent your storage unit. Thanks for choosing Stop N Stor and good luck to everyone who is moving this summer!

Military and Self Storage

Military and Self Storage
Moving is a common occurrence for military personnel and their families. Assignment changes and deployments can happen on short notice requiring the military members and their families to quickly develop a moving or deployment plan. Military families learn to easily adapt and plan for any situation. For new military personnel planning for the first deployment or move can be a challenge. It is important to remember that the more that you can plan ahead, the better it is.

Stop N Stor  has 5 storage facilities in the greater Hinesville & Savannah, Georgia areas located near Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field . Ft. Stewart is the home of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the largest military base east of the Mississippi River. There are over 20,000 soldiers stationed at Ft. Stewart and Hunter Air Field. Currently, there are 9,000 soldiers from Ft. Stewart deployed to assignments around the world. If these deployments are for up to a year, it is a good idea to put personal items into a self storage unit during the time away. It is a safe and economic option for military personnel. The most important thing to do when you are renting a self storage unit is decide what items you need to take with you during your assignment and what items can stay in storage. If you have to store an entire home or apartment, it might be a good idea to invest in a climate controlled storage unit to protect your electronic items over long-term storage. Placing a car in self storage during deployment is also a great idea. With the proper pre-storage preparations, the car will be ready for use when you return home.

The self storage industry supports many different aspects of military life from sending essential gift boxes to supporting our wounded heroes. Stop N Stor is proud to support Wounded Warrior Outdoors , a non-profit organization that gives therapeutic outdoor adventures to wounded, but active duty service men and women. Stop N Stor also supports “Enlisted Angels”, a group, based at Ft. Stewart to help empower and support military wives.  Stop N Stor also offers a 10% discount to active duty military personnel . Thank you to every member of the military past and present who have fought for and defended our freedoms!

Self Storage for College Students

Students moving-photo courtesy of
May and June signal the end of the school year. This also starts the graduation season for high schools and colleges. The graduates are preparing for the next chapters in their lives, while the undergraduates will usually move home for the summer, work for the summer or do an internship. The end of the college school year means that it is also the season to pack up the dorm room or college apartment, pack up the car or van and move it all back home, just to pack it up again and move it back to college in the fall. There has to be an easier way for college students, faculties and their families! Renting a self storage unit is a great option to help lessen the stress of moving the dorm items back home and then back to college again.  Renting a self storage unit is a simple relatively low-cost option to store items when school is out of session.

Many self storage operators realize that college students and faculty members are important to their business, so they offer special incentives for college students. Stop N Stor  offers 10% off of storage rental to local college students and faculty at our Savannah  and Port Wentworth  facilities. The student must present a valid college ID at the time of the rental.

When choosing a self storage unit, make sure that it is close to your college or university, so you can easily access the items. Self storage operations usually are month-to-month rentals, which is perfect for the college student.  Choose the correct size and type of storage unit for your needs. If you are storing electronics or nicer furniture, invest in renting a climate controlled storage unit for the summer. Climate controlled storage units protect items from extreme humidity and temperatures. If you are storing dishes, pots and pans, linens and clothes, then it would be okay to rent a non-climate controlled storage unit.

If you are graduating from college, it is a time of great changes in your life. If you have a job, you could be moving to a new city or state. If you are not sure what sized apartment you will need in your new city, then it would be a good idea to store your college items in a self storage unit until you get settled. You could be living in a micro apartment  in a big city. These apartments will only allow you to have the bare necessities and not all of the “stuff” that you have collected throughout your college years. Once you are settled in your new home, then remove your items from the self storage unit.

Self storage is a great option for the college student and the college graduate. Storing your college items is a much easier task than repeatedly moving them to and from school. Stop in to Stop N Stor  and see how we can help with your storage needs. Stop N Stor congratulates the Class of 2013! Best of luck with all your future endeavors.