Since Veterans Day was the other day, we want to take a minute to highlight a North American® partner making a big impact on Our Nation’s veterans. North American proudly became the official moving partner of the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2014, and what an amazing and inspiring experience it has been!
In 2011, Gary Sinise established the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor our nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders and their families. Sinise believes as citizens, supporting the heroes of our nation is a responsibility each of us must carry. The Gary Sinise Foundation does just that through a variety of programs, and works to ensure the sacrifices of America’s defenders and their families are never forgotten. For more than a decade, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band have toured the globe in support of our troops. The band aims to raise spirits and awareness for military and first responder causes worldwide. Through the foundation’s Invincible Spirit Festivals, the team is boosting the morale at military medical centers across the country. The daylong celebrations provide an escape from the rigors of rehabilitation for the hospital’s patients, staff and families. The Relief & Resiliency Outreach program is providing complete support to those recovering from trauma, injury and loss during times of urgent need.
The Sinise Foundation is also providing financial support and training to America’s firefighters, police departments and EMTs through its First Responders Outreach program. Serving Heroes is a program providing hearty, classic American meals to our defenders across the country. The Arts & Entertainment Outreach program now includes the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Each theatre provides dinner and a performance to local veterans free of charge. In 2012, the Gary Sinise Foundation began building specially adapted custom smart homes for American veterans that have suffered life-altering injuries through its partner program. Each home is designed to meet the needs of the specific service member recipient and their family, and features automated amenities to ease the daily challenges these heroes face. In 2013, the Gary Sinise Foundation expanded these efforts by establishing its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program.
In 2015, the Gary Sinise Foundation launched Soaring Valor with The National WWII Museum. The program provides WWII veterans a chance to visit the museum and documents their first-hand accounts of the war for future generations. The Gary Sinise Foundation mission to never stop serving our nation’s heroes and families is deep rooted and continues to make a difference with new and existing programs. For more information, head to the Gary Sinise website or check out this video about the organization.
“The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.”– President Calvin Coolidge
To learn more about our involvement with the Gary Sinise Foundation and their R.I.S.E. program, GO HERE.
When it comes to keeping in touch during the move, Florida Moving Systems, Inc uses leading-edge GPS-based shipment monitoring to track and update the progress of your move. From traffic conditions to special load instructions, it’s mission control for your move.
Tracking your shipment is easy and quick:
Click on Track Your Shipmentunder Household Move
Please supply your Contract Number and the first three letters of your last name
You’ll get immediate access to your shipment’s status. Ask your Relocation Consultant for more details.
When packing yourself, have everything properly packed and ready for loading the evening before moving day. Leave out only the things you’ll need that night. the next morning, and immediately at your destination for last-minute packing.
Basic guidelines to make packing a snap:
Make a schedule, allowing enough time leading up to moving day
Pack items in the basement, garage, or attic first – these items usually aren’t needed right away
Stay organized by packing room by room
Designate work areas in each room
When a room is completed, sort cartons by light, medium and heavy – limit your heaviest cartons to 50 pounds each
Clearly label cartons or items that you do not want to transport on the van
Pack For Success
It’s recommended that your Florida Moving Systems, Inc. (North American Van Lines) pacer handle the following:
Marble or glass tabletops, heavy wall ornaments and mirrors 40″ x 60″ or larger
Bulky, fragile items like large trophies, statues, chandeliers, etc.
Your self-packed cartons will need to be inspected by your packer before they can be loaded. If items are improperly packed or cartons are susceptible to damage, they may need to repack them before thy can be safely transported.
Here are a few more suggestions for a successful pack:
Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, non-transportable items and anything that would puncture or damage other items
Keep all parts or pairs of things together – for example, curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts, and other small hardware items should be placed in plastic bags and taped securely to the article to which they belong
Pack small, fragile, individually wrapped items separately or a few together in small boxes, cushioning with crushed or shredded paper. Place small boxes in a single large bx, filling in spaces with crushed paper
Put a special mare (the number 1, or the letter A) on cartons you want to unpack first at your destination
The U.S. Department of Transportation allows plants to be transported if the trip is less than 150 miles and transport time is under 24 hours. However, some states quarantine plants at all times. Overall, moving companies can’t ensure proper care for transporting plants and unfortunately, cannot be held responsible for their final condition. Check with us at Florida Moving Systems, Inc (A North American Van Lines Agent) to see if plants are allowed for your move.
If you still wish to attempt transport on your own, keep the following in mind:
Allow your plants to store extra energy by giving them extra sunlight several weeks prior to moving day
Prune back overgrown leaves and branches one month prior to moving
Reduce feeding to minimize growth
Water thoroughly the day before moving
Stabilize the plant in a sturdy carton to prevent tipping