updated 10/18/2010 7:45:56 AM ET 2010-10-18T11:45:56

CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 18, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PODS Enterprises, Inc. and its franchise network, have reached an agreement with the Marine Toys for Tots in which the company will donate usage of thousands of portable storage containers to support Toys for Tots in its annual holiday toy drive.

Each year, from Oct. – Dec., Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys and then distributes them as Christmas gifts to children in need. Toys for Tots campaigns are conducted in communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

"Our local PODS franchise owners and corporate stores are very excited to be working hand-in-hand with Toys for Tots this holiday season," said George Spowart, PODS vice president of marketing. "This collaboration makes perfect sense. Our large network of locations in 149 U.S. markets are ready to provide PODS containers to over 400 Toy for Tots collection locations."

The objectives of the annual Toys for Tots drive 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.

"We were thrilled when PODS reached out to us," said Bill Grein, Toys for Tots Foundation vice president of marketing and a retired Marine. "Their assistance with the collection, storage and movement of donated toys will be instrumental in delivering holiday dreams to even more disadvantaged kids."

PODS moving and storage containers will be used to store donated toys at Toys for Tots collection points across the U.S. and PODS will provide transportation of the donated toys to local Toys for Tots distribution centers. 

Founded in 1998, PODS Enterprises, Inc. operates corporate and franchise storage centers across the U.S., Canada, Australia and soon in the United Kingdom. For more information about Toys for Tots, visit www.toysfortots.org.

About PODS Enterprises, Inc.

Founded in 1998, PODS currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 240 million consumers, in 48 U.S. states, Canada and Australia through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 250,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded one million deliveries and has nearly 140,000 PODS containers in service.

PODS secure containers are constructed of a steel frame and are available in three sizes: approximately 8-by-7-by-7 feet, 8-by-8-by-12 feet and 8-by-8-by-16 feet. The 12-foot and 16-foot containers have been tested to withstand winds of more than 110-mph when partially loaded. For more information or to schedule service, visit www.PODS.com or call 800-776-7637.

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