With the holidays right around the corner, many self storage facilities are holding toy drives for youngsters in need. Toy drives can be a great way to give back to your community, but also a great PR opportunity for your business. Storage facilities are a perfect collection location because they aren't too busy and you probably have ample room to store the goods.

If you decide to throw a toy drive, you won’t be alone in your venture. The Arizona Self Storage Association is holding a state-wide toy drive by encouraging all member facilities to serve as drop-off locations.

If you want to implement a toy drive at your company but don’t know how, we have the answers for you:

1. Pick your dates.

Give your toy drive at least five days so you can build up a good collection of toys, but expect people to miss that deadline and show up with toys for a couple days after your end date. So, give yourself a cushion of time before your charity of choice expects the gifts.

 2. Possibly partner.

Find other companies in your community that also want to bring some holiday cheer to children. Talk to your friends and family about their employers and companies jumping in on the drive. The more companies you partner with, the less work you’ll have to do and the more children that will have toys this holiday season. This also gives you the opportunity to get to know more people in your community so if they need a storage unit, you’ll be the first that comes to mind.

3. Contact an organization.

There are many national organizations that you could collect toys for including the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots, but don’t be afraid to contact local organizations so the toys stay close to home. Look for homeless shelters, foster care organizations and battered women’s shelters. Ask the organization you choose how old the children are and what toys they might want. If they have no preference, browse lists of popular kid’s Christmas gifts online.

 4. Advertise.

Mention your toy drive on your social media pages and on your website. Create posters to hang and hand them out around your community at grocery stores, coffee shops, libraries and anywhere with a corkboard. Make sure they include the toy drive dates, company name, phone number, age ranges of the children, a wish list of toys and drop off location(s).

5. Collect.

Let the wonderful people from your community do this work for you, but sift through your collection to make sure there aren’t any tattered toys. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you’d give that toy to your child/niece/nephew/grandchild.

Once you’ve completed all these steps, you’re ready to make your delivery. Pack up your goods and head to the charity you chose. Give yourself a pat on the back because you did a great deed for a child in need.