Too Much Candy?!

Repurposing Halloween CandyI know, I know, such a great problem to have, am I right?! This problem usually starts by buying too much candy for trick-or-treaters on Halloween (Rule of thumb, buy candy that you’ll enjoy. Just in case no one shows up.) or your children have hit the jackpot trick-or-treating from neighbors, school parties, and/or churches. By now, you probably have already picked out your personal selections, and have candy leftover that you or the kids are just letting sit in the candy dish. Depending on the candy type and proper storage, most candy can last anywhere from two months to two years (dark chocolates.)

Here are a couple of  candy solutions for you. One option is to donate your leftover candy to organizations such as Soldier’s Angels: Treats for Troops Program. There are several other charities that you can also look into to donate your Halloween candy. If your school will allow candy as rewards, you can donate candy to the classroom.

The second option is to bake with the leftover candy. That’s right; the holiday season is upon us! What a better way to use up your candy reserves than to make them into a dessert and serve them to your friends, family, and co-workers! You can search for many recipes online or alter some of your favorite ones.

Cookies are the easiest recipe to alter or experiment with. I usually replace the chocolate chips with chopped up miniature candy bars in a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Another experiment would be to wrap a candy piece into sugar cookie dough then bake. The candy will typically melt, making for a warm gooey center. You can be inventive and use extra candy as decorations for a cake. Sixlets can be used as lettering or as accents on a cake. Twizzlers can be used for lettering, sleds, skis, or arms and legs with marshmallow animals. You could also use the classic Twizzlers as fun straws for ice cream floats.  As I’ve said there are many options out there and several recipes that go around on social media every single day involving candy based cakes, ice creams, and more.  Choose something that you and others will enjoy.

You don’t have to eat all of that leftover Halloween candy! Donating or using candy in holiday baking are great ideas to not let that candy go to waste!   StorPlace Self Storage of Lebanon Pike hopes you have a safe and happy holiday season!

 

StorPlace Re-launches Their Social Media Pages!

StorPlace-Murfreesboro Tennessee

Stop by to visit one of our 13 locations in the Nashville and Murfreesboro area

StorPlace strives to make self storage easy, friendly and convenient! With our 13 locations  in the Nashville, Murfreesboro and Bowling Green, Kentucky area, we are here for all of your self storage needs. Our facilities offer regular and climate-controlled storage units, packing supplies, RV outdoor storage and our very own StorPlace protection.

We are committed to our communities by supporting many local charitable organizations such as YMCA Restore Ministries,  Salama Urban MinistriesThe American Red Cross , Soles4Souls and Charis Ministries are among the many charitable organizations that we work with.  We are also very proud to be helping victims of the tornadoes that have affected our region in the past few years. StorPlace is a proud member of many community business organizations such as the Greater Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Self Storage Association, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors  and partnered with Crye Leike real estate companies  just to name a few.

Beginning this month, StorPlace is re-launching our social media sites to show our continued commitment to our community. We will continue to share storage tips and storage information, but we are also going to share more stories about our StorPlace family and our community. We hope that you will join us  by becoming a fan of our Facebook page, Twitter page,  YouTube page, LinkedIn page, and subscribe to our blog posts. 

StorPlace Offering More Covered Parking: Why Covered Parking?

With the economy still in a downhill spiral we find ourselves instead of discarding our belongings, we are realizing it is to our advantage to maintain them. We take our vehicles to the repair shop instead of replacing them, and after we put our hard earned dollars into them we must have a safe storage place to have them stored.

Now this is only one scenario, maybe we are on the other end of the spectrum. Recreational vehicles and boat prices are now at an all time low, if we have the money to spend why not purchase that long desired adult toy. (Recreational Vehicles, Boats, Motor Cycles, Jet Skis Etc). Many people reason, “If I can afford it now is the time to purchase it, and after I buy it, where will I put it”? The solution is simple. Find a clean, safe self storage facility in your area that has covered parking at a reasonable price and you are set.

You might ask yourself “Why do I need covered parking”? The reason that troubles us the most is lack of space. Many homeowners have downsized, and the ever popular Condominiums, Townhomes, and Apartment Complex many times will allow you only two parking spaces. Not to mention the families who have found it necessary to share their home with relatives. Households in the United States on average have 2.28 vehicles, and that was based on single households. Where will they put any extra Cars/ RVs /Boats? Is self storage an option?
Another reason to consider StorPlace Self Storage for your extra vehicle is the price. Recreation vehicles range from approximately $6000.00 to well above $500.000.00. Investments such as these are well worth protecting, not to mention having it stored in a secure self storage facility that is gated with a manager living on property and where there is 24 hour site surveillance.

The last reason is the extreme weather Tennessee experiences from time to time such as the Tornados we have had in the past. So if you don’t have a safe, secure location for your extra vehicle please come by one of our storage facilities and check out our covered parking.
Three StorPlace Self Storage Centers in Nashville/Hermitage now have State of the Art Covered RV Parking; Storplace Self Storage on Old Hickory Blvd. at Nolensville Rd., Storplace Self Storage on Murfreesboro Rd. , both conveniently located in Nashville, TN. and Storplace Self Storage in Hermitage, Tennessee.

We have 12 locations conveniently located throughout Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Ky.

We are privately owned. Management makes the best decisions for our local and region constituency and does not send edicts from publically traded companies out of the state. Please check our website www.StorPlace Self Storage.com to see the location of all our facilities.
Also, please note all the local charities that we support as a way of giving back to the community in which we serve .We rent month to month. We have state of the art security and surveillance equipment. We also offer property protection as an added value.

At this time, we would like to say thank you to all our loyal tenants, friends, and come see us at 2156 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217, or you can call us at 615-369-1497.
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Storplace Self Storage and Soles 4 Souls Help the Little Children in Need of Shoes.

Shoes are distributed all over the world from Alabama to Afghanistan. It doesn’t stop there. Shoes have been spread to: Sudan, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tobago, Togo, Trinidad, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Imagine the impact we are making in the world. Children filled with joy at receiving their first pair of shoes. Just one example of how we bless the children. The shoes were distributed on Monday, March 31, 2009, at A.P. Tureaud Elementary (Grades Pre-K to 6) in New Orleans, LA.  This school is an inner-city school in the 7th Ward of New Orleans.  88% of the student body eats free lunch.
The principal and staff of the school stated that “This was big deal for the students.”
While sizing the students, we found that many of them did not have socks and some of them who did had huge holes in them.
As one excited student, we overheard him say that this helped them to get “church” shoes. Another stated that she would have shoes to wear for graduation.
While walking on the sidewalk another little girl called out to her mother, who was also walking outside the fence…”Mom, I got new shoes!”
As you can see, the impact of this shoe distribution was astronomical.
Another example of blessing the children was the distribution that was conducted on April 21, 2009, to over 50 children who live in surrounding villages here in Khowst Province, Afghanistan.  This province is located in Eastern Afghanistan right along the Pakistani border.  The drop went very well and the children were ecstatic with their new shoes.

Shoes are a basic necessity that most of us take for granted daily. A majority of the world does not have one adequate pair of shoes, while Americans have an abundance of footwear sitting idle in our closets.  Our selflessness of simply cleaning out our closets can make a significant difference in the quality of life of child in need. For us, comfort and style are the primary reasons for the footwear we select. For that little one without shoes, the healthcare benefits are the most urgent reason footwear is so desperately needed. A quality pair of shoes protects their small foot from scrapes, cuts, and contaminants that lead to potentially serious healthcare issues. Soles4Souls along with its many distribution partners are working “around the corner and around the world” to make a difference with the gift of shoes. Soles 4 Souls are presently working in over 45 states and 125 countries. See how your shoes could make a difference in our own back yard as well as globally.

StorPlace Self Storage has generously donated a storage unit to this wonderful cause, which not only houses the shoes, but also gives the workers a place to assemble the packages for the various countries. StorPlace Self Storage is located throughout Middle Tennessee Nashville and also in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. The charity distributes these shoes free of charge to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 5.5 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every 9 seconds.) The shoes have been distributed to people in over 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States.  Soles4Souls has been featured in Runner’s World, Ladies’ Home Journal, National Geographic’s Green Guide and The New York Times.  It has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, BBC, CNN and thousands of regional news outlets across North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Anyone can join our cause, and we need your help. Visit http://www.giveshoes.org.

Please come visit us at 1628 Campbell Lane, Bowling Green, KY 42104, or you can call us at 270-842-0986.

Nashville Rescue Mission Needs You

Nashville is “… a strength to the needy, a strength to the poor in his distress, a refuge from the storm” from Isaiah 25:4. It is located on 639 Lefayette Street in Nashville, Tennessee 37203. Their number is 615-255-2475, and their website is www.nashvillerescuemissionn.org. Their volunteer hotline is 615-312-1544, or email volunteer@nashvillerescuemission.org. The mission statement of the Nashville Rescue Mission charity is as follows: Following God’s command to love our neighbor as ourselves, the Nashville Rescue Mission seeks to help the hurting of Middle Tennessee by offering food, clothing, and shelter to the homeless and recovery programs to those enslaved in life-degrading problems. Our goal is to help people know the saving grace of Jesus, and through him gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life and become a positive part of their community.

The Management of StorPlace Self Storage is totally committed to making a difference in the communities in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky by helping those in need and thereby changing lives. Last year alone, more than 540,000 meals and 220,000 of nights or safe rest were provided to the poor, hungry, and homeless of Middle Tennessee.

Beginning November 21- December 31, StorPlace self storage has offered their eleven self storage locations as a place to make a donation for this very worthy cause. For every dollar that is given, StorPlace will match the contribution dollar for dollar. Channel Four was so impressed with the generosity and creativity of the management to this charity that they have agreed to do eighty spots on this. Two dollars can purchase a meal, and ten dollars can purchase a meal for a family. Some other ministries of the Nashville Rescue Mission Charity include Barnabas House. The Barnabas House is a Christian ministry seeking to help men ages twenty-five and older to recover from self-destruction and addiction. The residential program is seven months in length and requires a high level of accountability as participants go about their day in classes, meetings, counseling, devotions, chores and recreation. After graduating from the program, there is an option to live in transitional housing for a nominal rent until the financial and personal affairs are settled. Anchor Home is a biblically-based program, providing an opportunity for men between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four to develop spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional skills leading to a successful life and productive citizenship. Carl Resener Men’s Shelter provides Christian support and guidance to homeless men in the greater Nashville area, while also supplying for their physical needs of food, shelter, and clothing. Family life center provides Christian support and guidance to homeless women and children in Middle Tennessee. Here, women and children receive food, clothing, shelter, and protection from the streets of Nashville and can be connected to many helpful resources. The Hope center is a biblically-based seven month residential recovery program for women suffering from alcohol and drug addictions or other life-debilitating problems. The Hope Center works together with a mother and her children or single women to build spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional strengths leading to more stable relationships and recovery. The Education program provides men and women in our life-recovery programs opportunities to improve their academic and employment skills. While some clients prepare to take their GED exams, others are taught basic arithmetic and literacy. Also offered are classes in work orientation, computer software, finances and commercial driving. Travelers Aid provides bus passes and guidance to stranded men and women, helping them find refuge from the streets and return to friends and family outside of the Nashville area. The Medical Clinic is set up to meet the physical and medical needs of homeless clients with minor medical and emergency care. Volunteer physicians and medical personnel create a climate in which the gospel can be shared with persons seeking healing for their bodies. The 11 convenient locations for StorPlace self storage where you can make your donation in person or call in with a credit or debit card are as follows:

Bellevue- 615-356-3600

Murfreesboro Rd. – 615-361-1000

Old Hickory Blvd- 615-832-3388

Greenwood- 270-842-0986

Rivergate- 615-851-2500

Hicory Hollow- 615-7311331

Stones River- 615-867-1117

Hermitage- 615-871-4888

Medical Center- 615-3210400

Cool Springs- 615-373-3006

Franklin- 615-591-9002

 

 

 

 

Journey to Freedom

Life gets messy, and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee understands that. The YMCA has a whole division entitled Restore Ministries. The purpose of Restore Ministries is to provide people with hope for a new beginning. There is so much that Restore Ministries does for  individuals, couples, and families. The management of Restore Ministries is constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of life for members, non-members, employees, and staff. One of the areas in which Restore Ministries begins to do this is to offer an 8 week, life changing course. The cost is nominal, and financial assistance is available. In addition, counseling is available and is based on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. No one is turned away due to inability to pay. A very generous financial assistance program is available. Journey to Freedom is an 8 week course that uses trained facilitators and is designed for small group settings. Some of the topics addressed in the 8 week course are: What is needed for real change, and why other attempts may have failed, How to create a foundation for change from which you can solve any problem and accomplish any goal. How to silence your negative thoughts, and achieve your true purpose, How to leave from vision and passion versus need and fear are some other topics. The tools needed for an enduring commitment to a new lifestyle are also provided. This course lays the foundation for transformation and creates a personal plan of action to bring about a successful and lasting change. Journey to Freedom works through small groups that offer a safe and encouraging place for honest dialogue. Confidentiality is key to the Journey to Freedom group.

Here are some of the stories. “I have known what I should do to be free for a while. Journey to Freedom gave me the focus, encouragement in relationships through which I would more consistently show up and make choices toward freedom.”- Ansley

“Journey to Freedom gave me the courage to face my life-issues, and hope to win!”- Todd

“I never realized how many people there were that shared the same types of issues. It is so freeing to be with other and share our experiences.”- Audrey

“:Journey to Freedom has allowed me to reach my full potential by helping me to remove crippling character defects from my life.”- Michael

StorPlace Self Storage is committed to improving the quality of life in the greater Nashville SMSA. Because so many of the classes are conveniently located near their self storage units, they are the proud sponsor of the Restore Ministries annual charity fundraiser in November. The mission is a follows: a worldwide charity fellowship united by a common loyalty to Jesus Christ for the purpose of helping persons grow in spirit, mind, and body. Some of the locations for the classes are at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Smyrna First Baptist Church in Smyrna, North Rutherford YMCA in Smyrna, Donelson/ Hermitage Family YMCA in Donelson/Hermitage, Maryland Farms YMCA in Brentwood, Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Franklin, Green Hills YMCA in Nashville, Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood. For more information you can register by sending a $65 payment to Lindsey Castleman Restore Ministries 4041 Hillsboro Circle Nashville, TN 37215, or contact Lindsey at 615-565-6278, or lcastleman@ymcamidtn.org. Remember that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Please enquire about the financial assistance program. Pre-registration is preferred. Hurry! Class space is limited. www.journeytofreedom.org.

Head Start/ Christmas Comes to Families

Marian Bohan, 19 years ago, went to the Dominican Republic and saw so many children and families in poverty. At that time, she was working for an attorney, who was a sponsor for Head Start Schools in Nashville. The attorney put her in charge of this project, which helped sponsor poor families at Christmas time by providing clothing, toys, shoes, and educational books as a surprise at Christmas. Eventually, when Ms. Bohan was no longer working for the attorney, she decided to take on this project herself and now runs the program School Aid as a non-profit where 100 percent of the proceeds go back to the children and the families. Today, this program provides for over 275 children in Nashville, and two years ago, they expanded the program to the Dominican Republic. This program is called School Aid International. Both School Aid USA and School Aid International are a non-profit charity. A web site is being developed for both programs. What follows is a letter, which Ms. Bohan recently sent to the people at StorPlace Self Storage:

 

Dear Judy Meadows,
 
It also was so nice to meet you yesterday! Judy Urffer, Property Manager of Cool Springs StorPlace Self Storage 1006 Flagpole Ct 373-3006, and Ed, Managing Partner Of the Freeman Group 109 Murphey Ct. 383-3111, have been wonderful to us. When one of our board members called and asked Judy about them donating a space, she did not know us. But she has great intuition, and I think she felt we were a worthy cause. The unit has been a huge blessing, and without it we would not be able to help so many children. We had all outgrown storing stuff in our homes, and had no place to store all our clothing and toys for these very deserving children. Judy believed in us, provided incredible customer service to us over and beyond what we could have possible imagined. StorPlace was an answer to prayer.
 
We were given a unit to store out Christmas presents year round. Then for three days, they gave us a self storage unit next to the year-round one to assemble Christmas presents for the Head Start program. We had quite a well-organized assembly line going with metal tables, all of the various items tagged and organized by size. This is a three day operation, and we promised that we would be finished by Saturday afternoon.
There are no thanks need about us being out on time, and leaving the borrowed unit cleaned. We thank YOU for letting us borrow it! We always try to be good steward with what people donate to us, and we were so grateful to use the unit for a couple of days. We got a lot done! We bagged toys and clothing for 275 children during that 2 day period! We are deeply grateful to the management and employees for being a part of our Head Start Program, which makes so many children and so many families happy at Christmas by giving them something that they could not provide themselves.
I met the couple looking at the unit yesterday, and I bet they rented it for their box business! They were so nice, and they also donate to churches when they need boxes to carry food to families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. They gave me their business cards.
 
I will send you a brief statement about who we are, and later in the week I will write up the other information you asked for. We do not have our web site up yet, but we are working on it, and I will let you know as soon as we do what the address is. Please contact me for anything else you might need.
 
I am so happy have met you and to know you are working with such fine people as Ed and Judy.
 
Warmly,
Marian Bohan

Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls facilitates the donation of shoes to help a hurting world. This effort is worldwide. The international headquarters for this charity is located in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

StorPlace Self Storage wants to make a difference in the lives of people locally and internationally. The company philosophy also encourages and empowers their employees  when they see a need to let management know how self storage can help those who are hurting. This would  apply to a short term crisis like the recent hurricane victims or a long term, critical need, where their appears to be no real solution, as victims seem to be caught in a cycle of poverty.

In Bowling Green Kentucky, the project has donated storage space to help this cause. Tina Gates, the property manager who manages the project reports already in just a few weeks there is an overwhelming response. She is located at 1628 Campbell Lane, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and can be reached at 270-842-0968. Her employees are as enthusiastic about this project as she is. The community is really rallying around this charity. Businesses and churches and various civic organizations have taken it on as well.

The self storage unit is already as of now half way full. One church brought in multiple bags of shoes. StorPlace Self Storage was mentioned on a Christian radio station and already 80 live announcements have been made about this cause and the self storage facility where to donate the shoes. There is “no telling” where this will lead.

Soles4Souls facilitates the donations of shoes, which are used for the hurting worldwide. Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate footwear (both new and used). Soles4Souls is a 501(C) (3) recognized by the IRS; therefore, donating parties are eligible to tax advantages. The opportunities are endless. They have distributed product to people in need in over 60 countries on 5 continents, including The U.S., Honduras, Guatemalans, Haiti, Thailand, and Nepal It is so easy for anyone to help give hope, simply by giving a pair of shoes. StorPlace Self Storage has agreed to be a sponsor for Soles4Souls. The self storage units are collecting gently used and new shoes for 300 million children around the world.

 If you would like to get involved, contact World Headquarters in Nashville, TN at 615-391-5723 or www.giveshoes.org.

 

This very worthwhile project is open to anyone and everyone. Whether you are a retail establishment, looking for a worthy cause to donate you clearance shoes that never sold and get a tax deduction as well, please bring your shoes. Whether you are a shoe manufacturer with a lot of odd lots, missized shoes, or seconds, we welcome this donation.

If you are an individual who is clearing out closets with lots of shoes from your closet and your spouse as well as your kids and grandchildren, please bring your shoes.

If you are having a church or charity drive to help those in need, please remember us at Soles4Souls.

If you are a volunteer, looking for a worthwhile endeavor in which to get involved, please get in touch with us.