FILLING BACKPACKS WITH HOPE:

MANHATTAN MINI STORAGE PITCHES IN TO SUPPLY HOMLESS KIDS

FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR

For the fourth year in a row, Manhattan Mini Storage is teaming up with the Coalition for the Homeless for Project: Back to School – a donation drive to supply thousands of homeless girls and boys living in NYC emergency shelters with backpacks and other basic school supplies for the coming academic year. In addition to donating dozens of extra-large Manhattan Mini Storage boxes to the Coalition, each of the company’s 17 mini storage locations will set up its own collection centers for staff, customers and the general public to donate backpacks, notebooks, pencils and other basic school supplies to contribute to this effort.

“This is one of the most important things we do every year,” said Archie Gottesman, co-owner and Chief Branding Officer of Edison Properties, the parent company of Manhattan Mini Storage. “These kids are already living in desperate circumstances, and they deserve the same opportunities as every other child in New York City – including the opportunity to go to school, to learn and to thrive. People recognize Manhattan Mini Storage throughout this city, so whenever we can, we try to use our visibility to help those in need – and this is a perfect opportunity. ”

Last year’s drive was a huge success, distributing over 3,100 supply-filled backpacks, 1,300 of which came through Manhattan Mini Storage locations. Organizers are aiming to nearly double the number of donations this year to 6,000.

The donation drive for Project: Back to School runs from Aug. 26 to Sept. 20, and Manhattan Mini Storage hopes people will donate whatever they can, including backpacks, pens and pencils, crayons, notepaper and composition books. A complete list of essential supplies, broken down by age group, is available at www.CoalitionForTheHomeless.org/BackToSchool.

A record 50,000 people will sleep in NYC shelters tonight – including over 21,000 children. The Coalition for the Homeless works for sensible, housing-based solutions to this modern-day tragedy and also provides hot meals, crisis services, eviction prevention, permanent housing, job training and special programs for youth to over 3,500 people every day of the year. For more information about all the great work of the Coalition for the Homeless, go to www.CoalitionForTheHomeless.org.

Edison Properties is the family-owned parent company of Manhattan Mini Storage, New York’s self-storage leader and one of the city’s favorite brands, thanks to their famous subway ads and billboards. They also own and operate Edison ParkFast – 40 garages and lots throughout New York City, as well as Northeastern New Jersey and Baltimore. Other properties include WorkSpace Offices, Executive Offices and Pre-Built Suites, the Hippodrome office building and the Ludlow, a luxury residential high-rise on the Lower East Side.

For more information about Manhattan Mini Storage, visit www.ManhattanMiniStorage.com. And to learn more about Edison Properties’ ongoing efforts to help others, please contact Stacy Stuart, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Human Resources, at 973-849-2556.