Charity Spotlight: East County Christmas For Kids

Girl Holding Christmas Present In Front Of Tree

Girl Holding Christmas Present In Front Of Tree

A-1 Self Storage is proud to support the East County Christmas for Kids event.

The 5th annual East County Christmas for Kids event is sponsored by the Ladies of Hope and The East County Christmas Committee. This a wonderful cause where thousands of needy children throughout 15 East San Diego County schools will receive bagged food along with toys, used books, and many other items.

Donations go to fund the supplies, wrapping paper, tape, tags, bags, bikes, helmets, extra presents, hygiene products, port a potty, rental of facility, trucks to transport, and rental tables needed to support the event. 

Toys will be arriving on Monday, December 7th. All wrapping will take place next week at the Church of St. Luke in Rancho San Diego.This distribution covers all of the schools in the El Cajon Valley School District, serving 3,400 low income students. On Saturday, December 12th, bagging and transporting all gifts to Cajon Valley Middle School will take place.

“The A-1 Self Storage donation helps us tremendously since we have to purchase gifts to supplement what Toys for Tots give us”, said Leticia Reece, Fundraising coordinator.

For more information about East County Christmas for Kids, visit their Facebook page:

All donations are tax deductible.




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Toys for Tots 2015

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A-1 Self Storage is proud to participate as local toy drop site for the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program!

Toys for Tots collage

The goal for the Toys for Tots program is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children in our local communities. This is a wonderful cause to help children throughout the U.S. to experience the joy of Christmas. All California A-1 Self Storage locations are collecting new, unwrapped toys now through December 15th.*

For more information about the Toys for Tots program, visit:

*Dates may vary by location – contact your closest facility to confirm

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Charity Spotlight: Afghan Youth Connect

AYC Photo of Students Square

A-1 Self Storage is proud to support such a great cause like the Afghan Youth Connect program!

AYC Photo of StudentsThe Afghan Youth Connect is a program set up to help public high schools in Jalalabad. The participating schools are equipped with furnished computer labs, classrooms, computers, professional trainer, internet connectivity, and all the necessary office supplies. There are currently 18 high schools and one central site serving two additional high schools.

The AYC students learn basic word processing, spreadsheet management, creation of PowerPoint presentations, internet-based searches, use of social media and email. English is taught as part of the curriculum as well.

The Afghan Youth Connect program build capacity in each and every student participant. They see the outside world through a new lens, one unavailable to them in the past. This in turn informs and changes their experiences of life in the modern world

Graduates who have completed the program posses employable IT skills, basic proficiency in English, and a firm concept of what it means to be a responsible citizen.

There is no shortage of participants who wish to be a part of the AYC. All of the money raised goes directly to funding for supplies, classrooms, etc. to help keep the program running successfully.

To learn more about the Afghan Youth Connect program watch this video:

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Charity Spotlight: The Leadership Crucible

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A-1 Self Storage is proud to support “The Leadership Crucible: Preparing Young Women to Lead” program.

Leadership Crucible Image 1This year was the Leadership Crucible’s inaugural year. The program is currently housed at the Catholic University of South Sudan, and is supported by several sponsors. It is an intensive development program that includes regular and personalized contact with participants. They meet formally with them twice a month for rigorous workshops, coupled with as-needed mentoring throughout the month.

According to the organization’s annual report, less than a third of the adult population of South Sudan is literate, fifty‐one percent of the population lives below the poverty line, economic and health indicators are in the bottom quartile of nations, and the country has very little infrastructure. Solving these challenges requires effective leadership, particularly from women who represent over half of the population. Developing women leaders is essential to the long‐term success of the country.

The Leadership Crucible program attempts to help set up South Sudan for success in the future. The program has been so successful that next year’s program will be expanding to include students from the University of Juba, as well as the Catholic University. They plan on increasing the number of participants next year as well.

“Without seed-funding from A-1 Self Storage, the Leadership Crucible would not exist,” said Patricia Thomson, Director. “Thanks to the Caster family’s support, our pioneer graduates are the foundation of what will become a powerful network of skilled women leaders working to bring peace and development to South Sudan.”

For more information about the Leadership Crucible program, visit their website:

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Charity Spotlight: Camp Wana Kura


A-1 Self Storage is proud to sponsor Camp Wana Kura for the 3rd straight year.

Camp Wana Kura will enter its 26th season July 28-31, 2015. The first camp was held in the summer of 1989.

Camp Wana KuraThe ADA is the largest provider of camps for children with diabetes in the world, and Camp Wana Kura is the only ADA-funded camp in California for children with type 1 diabetes. Camp Wana Kura is a 4-day camp held annually in July at the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve for children with type 1 diabetes between the ages of 5 and 12 years old and teens between the ages of 13 and 17. In 2015, there is projected to be 150 campers and 75 teen aids.

At Camp, the campers learn how to self-manage their diabetes and share a traditional camp experience with their peers by learning nutrition habits, including healthy eating and safe medical practices. Camp Wana Kura gives children with diabetes the opportunity to live life just like those around them. The staff create an environment where children can easily make friends and have an opportunity to positively talk about their diabetes.

To learn more or to make a donation visit the website here:

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