Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage the parent company of Portabox has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the Great Seattle Fire, WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. We are taking the current COVID-19 threat very seriously and will promptly adhere to any and all directives from local, state and federal government officials. Hansen Bros. and Portabox have been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

As essential services, we will maintain normal operations until such time as either company management determines we must close our offices or we are directed to do so by a governmental authority. We are taking extensive precautionary measures including the adoption of all CDC guidelines and the establishment of our own policies intended to minimize health risks for all customers, employees, contractors, vendors, and community stakeholders. We are proud to be able to support the needs of our customers during this crucial time but are prepared to quickly change course as required.

Stay safe together with Hansen Bros. and Portabox

The COVID-19 crisis is fluid and there are many uncertainties and factors outside of our control that may, with little or no advance notice, impact our delivery of moving & storage services. Please be aware the current crisis could potentially result in small inconveniences such as a delayed project start time or significant inconveniences such as the complete rescheduling of services.

Although there are many unknowns to be navigated, you can be certain that Hansen Bros. and Portabox will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs, and our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

Steps We're Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and crews are being monitored daily for symptoms and/or known exposure by management and asked to go home, contact their healthcare provider, and self-quarantine as directed. Staff that experience symptoms and/or aware of exposure when not at work have been directed to stay home and notify their supervisor.
  • Office staff and crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and crews are being provided with appropriate hand sanitizer and surface disinfecting supplies. They have been directed to disinfect truck cabs and moving equipment between each move to the best of their ability. These supplies will continue to be replenished as we are able, based on availability from retailers.
  • We are limiting visitation to our branch offices. If you wish to purchase moving boxes or supplies, please simply call in your order and we will happily deliver to your vehicle outside.

We are all in this together.  The team at Hansen Bros. and Portabox is proud to continue offering our services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. We are here to make the process of storing belongings seamless & safe for you.

Most popular Seattle charities to look into

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Quality moving solutions rarely come without taking a toll on your budget. However, that doesn’t mean that we cannot be generous during the process. Especially because relocation often generates a number of excess items that we do not know what to do with.  If you are decluttering your home, or you want to empty your temporary storage Seattle, surely you have some items that you can donate to charity. If that is the case, you are probably wondering about the most popular Seattle charities that would benefit from your donation.

Moving is the perfect opportunity to make a difference for yourself and others

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You need to prepare in order to make a donation – you need to gather the items, clean, and repair

If you are moving, cleaning up your Kirkland self storage, or simply decluttering your home, surely you have gathered a number of items that you do not know what to do with. While it is possible to sell your stuff and earn a few coins during the process, donating, especially in the time of global crises, is something that we should all strive for. If that is your plan, first you need to prepare. One of the things that you need to do is prepare your items so they are in an appropriate shape for donating. But you also need to find the most popular Seattle charities that accept the type of items that you have.

You have to prepare if you want to make a proper donation

When it comes to preparing your items for donation, it can be a time-consuming process. But this is not the case for everyone, of course. If you are in the middle of a move and you do not have time to deal with your excess items, renting self storage Bothell containers with professional packing assistance is a good temporary plan to have. It will help keep your items safe until you have the time to properly deal with this.

Inspect your items – clean and repair

If you are planning to donate your items, you need to make sure that they are in proper condition for donation. If you don’t need broken or deteriorated items, neither does a charity. That is why inspecting and repairing your items is what you need to do first. Once you make sure that your items are in good condition, you need to clean them up. Removing all visible dirt and disinfecting is what you need to do before calling a charity organization and donating your stuff.

Every charity has a different target group

Once you are done with preparing your items you need to find an appropriate charity organization. Every charity has its own field of focus. This means that every organization will receive only certain types of donations. Some will take clothes, others will take furniture, books, food, etc. That is why you need to find an appropriate charity. Of course, along the way you need to make sure that you are donating to a reliable organization and that your items will end up at the right place.

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Every charity organization has a different focus – some focus on helping people while others focus on helping animals

If you are not sure where your items will end up, it is better to invest in Bellevue self storage and keep your items there until you find a good and reliable Seattle charity that will put your items in the right place. Luckily for you, we have prepared a list of the most popular Seattle charities that you should definitely consider during this process.

Making a donation for animals

If you are into helping animals there is no better place to make a donation in Seattle than Pasado’s Safe Haven. It is a large sanctuary that currently supports over 200 animals. Contact them if you have something to donate.

Donate to help the artists

If you are an artist, or you just want to help artists in this time of crisis, we urge you to contact ArtsFund (COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund). They are helping artists and arts organizations in King County and they are waiting for your donation. Of course, contact them in order to find out what types of donations they currently need.

Food donations are especially sought in the time of crisis

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There are many organizations that donate food – if you have the possibility make sure to contact them

If you have food to donate, you will have several great options. We recommend you check Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, FareStart, FEEST, Food Lifeline, Hopelink, Hunger Intervention Program (HIP), Intentionalist Takeout and Delivery List, Kirkland Nourishing Network, Medic One Foundation, North Helpline, Seattle Area Food Banks, South King County Food Coalition The Herbfarm Farm to Frontline Meals, or Washington Food Fund. They all have different target groups. Some donate to schools, others donate to families in need, or homeless shelters. Choose who you want to support, and contact an appropriate charity.

There are many Seattle charities that help the homeless

If you are looking to help the homeless you will also have a variety of charity organizations to look into. If you want to make a donation, contact:

  • Bellwether Housing,
  • Capitol Hill Housing,
  • Compass Housing Alliance,
  • DESC,
  • Mary’s Place,
  • New Horizons, Mamma’s Hands,
  • Mercy Housing NW,
  • Nickelsville,
  • The Sophia Way,
  • Washington Low Income Housing Alliance,
  • Wellspring Family Services or
  • Facing Homelessness.

They all have different approaches and receive different types of donations. Check their websites in order to get a better view of their needs.

There are many more places where you can make a donation

These are the most popular Seattle charities that you should definitely consider if you want to make a donation. Of course, it all depends on the type of items you have, and the type of items charities need at the moment. However, the list is broad. We are sure that you will find a solution if you investigate a little bit deeper.

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