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Christmas in July Coat Drive

Christmas in July Coat Drive

We’re getting ready for our second annual Christmas in July Coat Drive! When Nashville starts to get chilly in the winter, many local parents aren’t able to afford new jackets to properly fit their children. A couple years ago, we decided we wanted to host a coat drive to specifically benefit the students at Park Avenue Elementary who are living in poverty. Unfortunately, coat drives usually take place in the middle of winter after the kids are already in need of clothing to keep them warm. So last July, we decided to host a “Christmas in July” coat drive to collect jackets, coats, and sweaters ahead of time to prepare Park Avenue ahead of the winter season.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK hosts the Christmas in July Coat DriveOur 2016 coat drive was so successful that we decided to make it an annual tradition! We hope you’ll keep supporting these local children in need by coming to this year’s Christmas in July celebration on July 8th from 9 am-11 am! Our goal is to fill a 16-foot moving truck with new and gently-used coats, jackets, and sweaters for these K through 4th grade students. We’ll be parked in front of the Nashville location of Thriftsmart on Nolensville Road to take your donations.

This year, everyone (18+ years old) can enter to win a pair of tickets to one of the Nashville Ballet‘s December performances of The Nutcracker! We’re so excited about this raffle prize, which is valued at $148 and really helps us get into the Christmas spirit.

And that’s not all! Thriftsmart has generously offered (again!) to give a voucher for 50% off your next purchase at their store to everyone who makes a donation! Plus, we’ll be making kid-friendly DIY crafts out of moving boxes so your child can bring home a keepsake from the event. We’ll also be joined by our friends at The BIG 98 for our party music and prizes for your family.

Help us fill our truck with coats for these students in need! If you have any questions, please call or text us at 615-248-6288!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's Christmas in July Coat Drive

Moving Moms Forward for Mother’s Day

Movers for Moms collects Mother's Day donations for Safe Haven Family Shelter

Happy (early) Mother’s Day to every mom in Nashville!  Every year, we like to celebrate our local moms who need a little extra support from their community through our Movers for Moms campaign.  During Movers for Moms, we collect donations for the moms living at Safe Haven Family Shelter.  These moms have escaped domestic violence, suffered a loss of a family member, lost their home due to a natural disaster, or have experienced some other unexpected tragedy that has left their family without a home.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's first annual Movers for Moms Festival benefiting Safe Haven Family ShelterThis year was our fourth year running the Movers for Moms drive locally.  In 2016, the Nashville community came together and helped us collect over 3,700 donations for these deserving mothers.  We decided to set our sights high this year and aim for at least 5,000 donations!

Throughout March and April, we set up Movers for Moms donation boxes all over town at places like iLoveKickboxing, Zeitlin Realtors & Co, and Hermitage Kindercare where everyone could drop off their gifts for Safe Haven mamas.  But we took it a step further and hosted our first annual Movers for Moms Festival on April 22nd to raise even more money and collect more necessities!  The festival celebrated every mom in Nashville with free facials from Mary Kay, fun games for the kids, and tons of giveaways from our other festival vendors.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivers the Movers for Moms donations to Safe Haven Family Shelter in NashvilleWe knew we could count on you to make Safe Haven’s moms feel special, loved, and supported on their big day.  But as always, Nashville over-delivered…  You helped us collect over 9,000 donations of clothing items, diapers, bed sheets, and other necessities for moms who are starting their lives over at Safe Haven!  Thank you so much for your generous contributions!  We can’t wait to see what next year’s Movers for Moms drive will bring.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivers the 2017 Movers for Moms donations to Safe Haven Family Shelter

Save the Date: Movers for Moms Festival

Save the Date for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's Movers for Moms Festival in Nashville

We’ve had a blast hosting our fourth annual Movers for Moms collection this past month!  At the end of the donation drive, we’ll deliver the thousands of essential care items we’ve collected to the moms in need at Safe Haven Family Shelter in time for Mother’s Day weekend.  And this year, we want you to join us in celebrating moms all over Nashville.

In less than a month, we’ll be hosting our first ever Movers for Moms Festival at Dragon Park in Green Hills!  The event is free to attend, and takes place on April 22nd from 10 am-2 pm.  We hope you’ll bring the whole family to enjoy fun activities like:

  • Art activities hosted by The Frist Center, inspired by some of their current exhibits
  • Hugs and photos with fairytale princesses
  • Active games such as a relay race, parachute play, and kid yoga

Puppies in a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxAnd we can’t forget to pamper the moms in attendance.  All of Nashville’s mamas are invited to enjoy activities like:

We’re even prepared for lunch and snack times so you can stay at the park and play all day!  You and the whole fam can enjoy snacks and free samples from local food makers like Nut Butter Nation, Nashville Jam Company, and Professor Bailey’s Spicy Pimento Cheese.

Some of our games and attractions require tickets to participate, and all ticket sales directly benefit the moms at Safe Haven.  Plus, a portion of all food sales will go to Safe Haven as well!  And you’ll want to check out our silent auction, which includes Mother’s Day gift packages for the special mum in your life.

Check out the schedule below to make sure you don’t miss your favorite moments of the festival!  And if you want to see more details about who and what will be there, visit the festival website.

Schedule of Events for the Movers for Moms Festival in Nashville

How to Land the Job: 6 Tips from our Hiring Manager

Interview tips from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's hiring manager gives interview tipsEvery March, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK celebrates “Career Move Month”!  Throughout the month, we’ll visit career fairs, sit in on high school lunches, and even host our own hiring sessions to help move our community forward.  Our Hiring Manager, Mel, is even sharing his advice on how to really impress your interviewer.  Whether you’re applying to work here as a mover or you’re looking for an office job, these are the top 6 things Mel looks out for in his interviews:

1. Enthusiasm — Be eager to get the job!  If you aren’t excited about the position in the interview stage, Mel figures you won’t be excited about working the job.  Let your interviewer know what you’re looking forward to doing with the company.  Are you excited about getting paid to work out as a mover?  Or do you like the upbeat atmosphere of our sales office?

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in Nashville2. Attire — Look the part, like you already have the job.  Mel knows you won’t come to work in uniform if you don’t look clean-cut during your first impression interview.  Dressing appropriately also shows respect for the company and your interviewer, and lets Mel know that you take pride in a neat appearance.

3. Communication — Be part of the conversation.  Make sure you tell your interviewer that you want the job, and don’t let him be the only one talking in the meeting.  Mel says he likes to hear a little bit about your interests outside of work so he can determine what type of person you are, and the character you’ll bring to the job.

4. Posture — Sit up!  Mel assumes you aren’t taking the interview seriously if you slouch in your chair.  You should put your best foot forward in your first meeting with a company manager, and you don’t want him to think a hunched stature is the most you have to offer.

5. Self Awareness — Know what you’re walking into.  Your interviewer will inevitably ask you questions about what you like about the position and the company, and you don’t want to be caught off-guard.  Mel can always tell when applicants have researched the company and know about the moving business before they sit down and talk to him.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK meeting6. Healthy Attitude — Be confident, but not too confident.  Mel is always looking to hire applicants who handle themselves well and know they can do a great job working for us.  If you’re too timid in an interview, your interviewer may wonder if you’ll be able to handle working with customers.  However, acting overly confident and entitled to the position raises a red flag.  How can Mel know you’ll listen to authority figures?

Now you’re ready to apply!  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 to set up an interview with Mel!  You can also find our open positions online here.

Movers for Moms: Helping moms in need this Mother’s Day

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is helping moms in need at Safe Haven Family Shelter for Mother's Day

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivers the Movers for Moms donations at Safe Haven Family ShelterThis month, we’re officially kicking off our 4th annual Movers for Moms collection drive! Every year in honor of Mother’s Day, we collect essential care items for the moms in need at Safe Haven Family Shelter. Safe Haven is so important to our hearts because they are the only homeless shelter in the Middle Tennessee region which is equipped to accept whole families, instead of having to split them up among Men’s and Women’s & Children shelters. Last year, we collected over 3,800 donations for Safe Haven… This year our goal is to collect 5,000 donations by Mother’s Day!

We hope you’ll join us in helping this deserving moms by making a donation at one of 15 drop off boxes we have in different locations all over Nashville. Some of the donations we really need include:

  • Non-chemical cleaning products, like brooms and trash bags
  • Diapers and other baby products
  • Unused kitchen and cooking products
  • New linens and pillows for Full and Twin-sized beds
  • Toiletries and personal care items

Movers for Moms Festival will have lots of family friendly activities for the kidsWe also want to invite you to our first annual Movers for Moms Festival coming up on April 22nd at Dragon Park! The festival is open to anyone with free admission, but some activities will be ticketed to help us raise money for Safe Haven. Get ready to party with us during Art Activities with The Frist Center, Parachute Play with Gymboree, Storytime with local children’s book authors, and tons more! We’ll also have yummy snacks from King of Pops, Nut Butter Nation, and other local foodies. You can read all the festival details here.

If you’re looking for moving help, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, or visit our website! During your March or April move, you can give your movers a donation to Movers for Moms, and they’ll bring it to Safe Haven free of charge!

A Very MOVING Love Story (Get it?)

A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Valentine's Day story

Since it’s Valentine’s Week, we wanted to share a love story from our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family! Our Quality Control Manager, Keith, and his wife recently celebrated their big 5th wedding anniversary, and we just love the story about how they met and started dating.  It’s a very MOVING tale…  (Get it?  Because we’re a moving company?)

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Valentine's Day love storyKeith and Nicole met while they were still in school and Keith worked at the local grocery store.  He worked with one of Nicole’s friends, who introduced them to each other one day when she and Nicole were going to hang out after work.  “She gave me one of the Pixie Stix she’d just bought, and I put it in my pocket because I was still working.  Well, I forgot about it until I sat down in my car to go home, and it busted open in my pocket,” Keith remembers.  Unfortunately, the sugary dust exploded in the pocket where he kept his cell phone, so it became lodged in all the phone’s crevices and broke it.

The next time Keith saw Nicole, he told her about the Pixie Stix disaster.  They laughed about the incident, and kept talking to each other for hours.  “Then we started dating…but on our first date, she wrecked her car by accidentally driving through a ditch,” Keith says.

Fortunately, the rest of their dates went much more smoothly.  A few years later, Keith and Nicole started talking about marriage.  Keith explains, “She told me I would never marry her, and I told her that wasn’t true.  I brought her straight to the jewelry store and had her pick out a ring.  Later I went back and bought the one she chose.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Valentine's Day love storyThe spontaneous couple even picked their wedding date on a whim!  “We just woke up one morning and were like, ‘Let’s do it!'” Keith says.  They went to the courthouse and called a friend to meet them there to be the witness.  Now he makes fun of his outfit that day: “I was wearing an American Eagle button-down with those jeans that were popular and kind of ripped up, and I had a studded belt that was so cool.”

They’ve been together for years, and Keith still talks about how great his wife is while he’s at the office.  Happy Valentine’s Day to Keith and Nicole!

Find your local Movers Who Care online, or call us at 615-248-6288 for a free quote on your next move!

How we’ll be celebrating Christmas this year

How the staff at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville will celebrate the holidays

Although the staff at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville is pretty diverse and we come from a variety of different cultures and traditions, we all celebrate Christmas during the holiday season. Since we won’t be in the office over the weekend of the 24th and 25th, we wanted to share about what we’ll be doing over our holiday break!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's Quality Control Manager loves boiled custard around the holidays.While most of our team members relax at home for the holidays, our Quality Control Manager makes it a point to go out of town each year for Christmas with his wife. Keith spends Christmas Eve with his whole family to drink boiled custard and exchange gifts, then takes a mini-vacation to enjoy nature. Some of his recent trips have taken him as close to home as Gatlinburg and as far away as St. Petersburg, Florida.

Our Sales Representative Marc usually spends the Christmas season with his Hispanic family. In his family, Christmas Eve is just as important as Christmas Day, so they have huge feasts with the whole family on both nights. They eat lechon, a dish similar to American pulled pork, and all kinds of side dishes similar to traditional Thanksgiving food. Marc also loves spending time with his friends and family because they play tons of music throughout their parties.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's sales representative Zach enjoys Laotian cuisine such as pho on ChristmasAnother one of our Sales Representatives, Zach, gets to enjoy multicultural festivities as well! One of his uncles was born in Laos, and he brings his whole family, plus some Laotian cuisine, to their annual get-together. Zach and his family spend Christmas Eve with another aunt and uncle, then spend Christmas Day with his cousins, and have one more day of celebration with his grandparents. In addition to enjoying piles of food and plenty of jokes, Zach and his siblings also make a tradition of watching the Die Hard series every year.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville staff wearing their Ugly Christmas Sweaters!But before we each celebrate the season with our own traditions, we bring our whole office together for our annual Christmas Party! Our office has been decked out in holiday cards and ornaments for weeks now, but this year we’re also competing in a Cardboard Tree Craft-Off to see who can turn an old moving box into the best Christmas tree! We’ll also be breaking out our ugly Christmas sweaters and some fun gag gifts for this year’s Dirty Santa gift exchange. Plus, an office party wouldn’t be complete with some sugary Christmas cookies.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville at the 2016 Donelson Hermitage Christmas Parade

From all of us at TWO MEN Nashville, we wish you a happy holiday season with your loved ones! If you would like some help rearranging your furniture or putting away the holiday decorations after your parties are over, please give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for a free moving quote!

Your Survival Guide for Holiday Home Prep

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for prepping your home for the holidays

If you’re anything like us, you’re rushing to prepare your home to survive the holiday season uproar! Out-of-town guests are coming to stay for days or weeks at a time, and the house is in desperate need to be spotless. Don’t worry–we’ve made easy steps to prepare for the upcoming holiday house work!

Step One: Priorities first

The day before guests arrive is no time to pull apart junk drawers and clean out linen closets! The best way to start is by de-cluttering guest rooms and areas where your guests will be most often. These areas may include the foyer, kitchen, living room, den, and dining room. Remove any non-essential items from counter tops, coffee tables, and ottomans; if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.

Use TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes to store clutter until after your holiday guests leaveIf you run short on time, box up the clutter and store it in your attic, basement, or closets. Don’t worry about hardcore organization until after your guests leave. And if you need extra boxes, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK sells boxes in different sizes, perfect for any size of items.  You can use a small box to easily store books for extra shelf space, or larger boxes to help clear up miscellaneous children’s toys.

Step Two: Go room by room

After the initial de-clutter, set up a day of cleaning for each room:
Monday – Den
Tuesday – Kitchen
Wednesday – Bedroom
Thursday – Living Room
Friday – Dining Room
Saturday – Foyer
Sunday – Bathrooms and Closets

We suggest using a full day to clean each room; this lets you focus on one area without getting burnt out, and makes it easier to go at your own pace. This process also gives you extra time to dust, vacuum, and clean the base boards. And while cleaning out closets that your guests might be using, remember that we sell wardrobe boxes to easily clean out jackets and old apparel that you no longer wear.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can move your furniture to make room for holiday directionsIf you have major adjustments to make in your home, such as creating additional seating or opening more space where your guests tends to gather, you can hire our trained movers to rearrange your furniture for you.  We can even pick up new furniture directly from the store to bring to your home and haul holiday decorations out of your storage areas.

Step Three: Day-of final touches

Realtors bake chocolate chip cookies right before their open houses to make homes smell more invitingIt’s finally D-Day, and guests are about to arrive from their long day of travel! Now’s the time to do the last-minute prep work. One of the biggest overlooked details is the smell of your house. The easiest way to control this factor is by lighting a candle in a central location of your home to let the scent travel throughout. If you have time, bake chocolate chip cookies. The cookie trick is actually a common practice with Realtors and their open houses–there is nothing better or more inviting than coming to a home that smells like cookies!

These easy steps give you the perfect amount of time to finish housework without getting overwhelmed! Your guests may never know the amount of time you spent cleaning up, or if you used moving help. Enjoy your guests and the holiday season!

If you would like us to help with your de-cluttering, in-home staging, or interior design project, we’re available by phone and email!

Give back this holiday season…without even trying!

ways to give back this season without even trying

It may sound cheesy, but we really do our best to live by our slogan of “Movers Who Care”!  Every holiday season, we try to find ways to support the community by doing things we would do anyway…  We know we’re going to decorate Christmas trees and buy gifts for our loved ones, so why not help local non-profits at the same time?  This year, we decided to fill you in on the top five ways we’ll be giving back to those in need so you can get some inspiration for your own holiday activities!

Buy your Christmas tree…and help single moms in need.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can move your furniture to make room for holiday directionsIt’s pretty much required this time of year to pick out a Christmas tree with your kids, then decorate as a family while you snack on cookies and sing Christmas tunes.  Instead of going out to a normal Christmas tree farm this year, pick out your tree with Nashville Giving Tree!  This awesome non-profit has found a way to make sure 100% of the sales from these trees benefit young, single moms in Nashville who are still working on obtaining their high school diploma.  By working with farmers, trucking companies, and local businesses, every penny goes back to the ones who really need it.

Decorate your tree…and pay for children’s cancer treatments.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK sponsors the St Jude Radiothon on The Big 98One of our favorite non-profit partners is the St Jude Research Hospital, which offers free treatment, free meals, free EVERYTHING to families whose children are suffering from cancer.  We are honored to sponsor their radio-thon every year on the Big 98 radio station.  We also love ordering new Christmas ornaments through their online gift shop!  Not only do the sales of these ornaments benefit their patients, but they were also designed by the children who are being treated at the hospital!

Send holiday cards…and support retired seniors.

Our company is dedicated to supporting Nashville seniors, and we actually partnered with local non-profits and senior communities to develop the county’s very first Senior Sensitivity Training for movers.  One of those non-profits is FiftyForward, and we still do all we can to support their mission of eliminating isolation and depression among retired seniors in Middle Tennessee.  When you’re ready to buy holiday cards to send to your loved ones, consider purchasing handmade cards from the “Card Crusaders” club at the FiftyForward Martin Center!  All profits from card sales go back to the non-profit, and every card is made by their clients.  They even have a holiday card special going on right now, where you can get a discount for purchasing more than 24 cards.

Make your holiday dinner…and earn cash for your favorite local charity.

If you have a Kroger rewards card, you can make sure every grocery run earns money to be donated to the local school, church, or non-profit organization of your choice through their awesome Community Rewards program.  All you have to do is log into your Kroger account online, go to your Account Settings page, and enroll in the Community Rewards on behalf of your preferred organization.  While not every school, church, and local non-profit has chosen to be a partner of Kroger’s program, you can support almost any worthy cause you desire!

Get gifts for the kids…and benefit young hospital patients.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville supports the Monroe Carrel Jr Childrens Hospital at VanderbiltWe absolutely love the local Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, which treats hundreds of thousands of children every year for everything from common colds to cancer.  In fact, we also sponsor their annual radio-thon on The River radio station every year!  This season, when you purchase Kohl’s Cares books and stuffed animals, all profits benefit children being treated at Vanderbilt.  To make sure your purchase benefits our local hospital, be sure to pick up your order from your local Kohl’s store, either through online ordering + in-store pickup or during your next visit to Kohl’s.

Get gifts for your friends…and help low-income families buy homes.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK donated free moves to the Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2015A little known fact about Habitat for Humanity is that they don’t simply give away homes to the homeless–they actually require eligible low-income families to purchase Habitat homes with a zero-interest loan, and only after they complete mandatory financial classes and sweat equity.  We support Habitat by donating free moving services to their largest families in need!  And this holiday season, you can help their families too, by purchasing home goods and decor gifts for your friends at the Habitat ReStore.  The ReStore sells furniture and decor items which were overstocked retail merchandise, slightly damaged retail merchandise, or gently used donations from the community at bargains you can’t resist.  All sales directly benefit the Habitat mission!

Get gifts for that person who has everything…and support volunteerism.

Although many people know they’re passionate about certain causes, such as animal rights or homelessness, it can be difficult to know how to find a good way to get involved.  To help spread awareness about various non-profit opportunities, Doing Good TV documents the efforts and positive change of different volunteer efforts around America.  We love donating free moves to Doing Good, and you can donate to them too this holiday season by purchasing a ZapCard! The ZapCard offers over 3,000 digital coupons (accessible by smartphone) to popular stores such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Macy’s, Hertz, and Walmart.  Perfect for your friend who already owns everything, and over 50% of the sales support Doing Good!

Buy your gifts from Amazon…and donate to your favorite local charity.

Amazon Smile lets you buy Christmas presents while donating part of your purchase to your favorite Nashville charity.Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville, we are huge Amazon fans.  If you have an Amazon account that you use regularly, you can have a percentage of every purchase you make benefit the charity of your choice!  Simply go to your Amazon Smile account preferences and set the charity you would like to benefit.  When you’re ready to start filling up your online cart, just make sure you visit instead of the normal homepage to find the items you want to purchase.

Happy shopping, Nashville!  When you’re ready to haul your tree or new furniture home, be sure to give us a call, text, or email for a free moving quote!

How Movers Make the Holidays Easier

4 ways TWO MEN AND A TRUCK makes the holiday season easier

As you prepare for your great Thanksgiving feast, Christmas celebration, and out-of-town guests, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! But don’t worry–we’re here to alleviate some of the stress that comes with the holiday season. Check out the top 4 ways our movers can help make your party prep easy this year:

Cleaning Out the Storage Space

Sometimes having house guests can cause a need to temporarily stuff your closets with non-essential decor items or household clutter. From wardrobe boxes that can hold shoes and out-of-season clothing to dish barrels that keep each piece of kitchenware safe, we have the supplies you need! We even offer free delivery of moving supplies when your order totals $50 or more.

Re-staging Your Furniture

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can move your furniture to make room for holiday directionsDo your out-of-town loved ones all want to stay with you for the holidays? It can be time-consuming to rearrange multiple rooms of furniture to fit in air mattresses, luggage, and that extra dining room table leaf. Fortunately, you can hire our movers to move all of your extraneous furniture into the attic or storage space for you! We offer complimentary disassembly and reassembly of furniture that comes apart, such as bed frames and display hutches. We can even provide disposable moving pads to keep your furniture clean and special mirror/picture boxes to prevent your fragile wall hangings from breaking.

Bringing Out the Holiday Decorations

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK carefully packs ornaments into a dish pack boxIf you’re like us, we keep our Christmas garlands and ornaments tucked away in the attic or basement for 10-11 months out of the year. Instead of making multiple trips up and down the ladder or stairs, let our movers bring out your holiday decorations this year. We can also carefully pack and store your decorations away after Christmas is over as well!

Taking Advantage of Holiday Sales

Do you wait until Black Friday to purchase all the new appliances you want for your home? Or maybe wait for those Christmas-themed sales? Our movers are experienced in picking up large purchases from stores, delivering them to your home, and setting them exactly where you want them inside.

Whatever you need help doing to prepare for the holidays, our movers can probably assist! Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, or visit our website for more information!