PODS® of Houston gives back to youth at Camp Hope

PODS® of Houston has been a dedicated supporter for the last three years with Camp Hope in its endless endeavors to help Texas children living with HIV to connect with mentors, and helping them build their self-confidence. Through donations of PODS containers courtesy of PODS of Houston, the AIDS Foundation is able to conveniently store camp supplies while saving thousands of dollars in logistics and storage costs.

 

“The commitment and passion of PODS of Houston make it possible to create inspiring environments for campers, where they not only feel encouraged but are additionally empowered by those around them,” states Margarita Perez, Camp Hope Director. “We look forward to the day that no child will have to live with HIV, but until then, hope that we continue to have your support providing HIV-positive children and adolescents a week full of hope and free of stigma.”

 

Camp Hope is a week-long program for HIV-positive children ages 7 to 15 to conquer their insecurity and build their self-esteem and challenge themselves to grow. For the week, campers engage in traditional camp activities, ride horses, sing songs, rock climb, and feel free to be a kid.

 

“We are grateful that an organization like Camp Hope is available for these children and are inspired by the hard work the camp organizers put forth to help the youth live a fulfilling life,” said Kay Weatherly, Customer Service Manager of PODS of Houston. “The PODS container donations are a token of our appreciation and support for this wonderful cause, which we hope alleviates of some the logistical stresses that come with running the camp.”

 

ABOUT PODSOF HOUSTON

 

PODS of Houston is one of the largest independently-owned franchises of PODS Enterprises, Inc. in the country and is a leading provider of moving and storage services to residents and businesses throughout the greater Houston area. PODS of Houston is locally owned and operated and began serving Houston-area residents in 2003.

 

Each year, PODS of Houston donates moving and storage solutions for more than 20 Houston-area charities in support of their contributions to the community. The Salvation Army, Houston Arts Alliance, the YMCA, the Houston Fire Department and Toys for Tots are among the many organizations PODS of Houston partners with annually. 

 

PODS is a leader in the moving and storage industry providing both residential and commercial services in 46 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the UK. Founded in 1998, PODS pioneered the portable moving and storage industry now preferred by many customers’ increasingly active and mobile lifestyles. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 500,000 long-distance moves, exceeded 2 million deliveries and has more than 150,000 PODS containers in service.

 

ABOUT CAMP HOPE

According to the Centers for Disease Control, recent data indicates that 1 in 4 of new HIV infections occur in youth. The highest concentrations of those are diagnosed in the Southern and Southeastern United States. To prevent youth from falling prey to illness and stigma, AIDS Foundation Houston designed a continuum of youth summer programs to give HIV-positive youth the confidence, education and life skills they need to lead productive lives.

Since 1996, Camp Hope has supported the social, emotional, medical development of HIV-positive youth ages 7-16. Over the years more than 2,100 HIV-positive children have experienced the joy and life skills camp brings. For additional information contact: www.aidshelp.org/camphope

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