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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and M.A.D. Moving Help Change the Life of the Marshall Family

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – 15-year Navy veteran, Barbara Summey Marshall received the surprise of her life on Thursday, July 21. The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, M.A.D. Moving and hundreds of volunteers made her dreams come true. Marshall houses homeless female veterans at her home on 120 Langdon Street. The 1,600 square-foot home housed three women veterans and their children.

Marshall’s former residence was torn down and rebuilt in a matter of one week. Workers and volunteers worked around the clock to meet the deadline. M.A.D. Moving brought a crew of 15 individuals to pack up all the belongings in the house and get it ready for demolition. The local moving company also volunteered their crews to move all of the belongings back into the house as well.

Marshall’s new home includes enough space to house additional residents and live comfortably. It includes a gym, greenhouse, garden, resource center, and more! The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show featuring the new and improved Steps to Stages Jubilee House is scheduled to air on ABC in October.

Movers offering meal for the homeless

Excerpt from: Fayetteville Observer –

January, 17, 2007

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The homeless in Fayetteville will get a free meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and can sign up for the opportunity for future, temporary work.

M.A.D. Moving Co., also known as Movers At Demand, is organizing the meal giveaway, which will take place at the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 6018, 116 Chance St.

Darren Parker, a co-owner in the moving company, said the company’s charitable foundation has offered the meal before as a way to give back to the community.

Others can donate clothes and toys for the homeless during the event.
New this year, he said, will be the option for the homeless to sign a list and provide their contact information. That list will be distributed to other employers who may be needing some temporary workers.


Local Moving Company Launches Hunger Initiative


Jana Gibbs – V.P. of Marketing
Movers At Demand Inc.
(910) 484-6683

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Movers At Demand Inc. (M.A.D. Moving) and the M.A.D. Moving Charitable Foundation announced in early January the launch of the MAD About Hunger campaign. The initiative is a year-round effort that provides food for families in the Fayetteville area that are going through challenging times.

“There are many parents and grandparents in the Fayetteville area that struggle to feed their family. They try to do the best with what they have, but it’s just not enough,” stated M.A.D. Moving owner, Marshall Williams. “MAD About Hunger strives to help families in need and take some of the burden away from life’s everyday struggle. It’s small projects like MAD About Hunger that have a significant impact in our community!”

MAD About Hunger is the proud sponsor of M.A.D. Moving’s third annual Feed The Homeless event on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 12-3:00 p.m. at VFW Post 6018.

MAD About Hunger is always looking for sponsor families to support and provide care packages for while getting their feet back on the ground.

Whether you are an individual who wants to help, or a company looking for a charitable partnership, you can be sure your donations are always utilized efficiently, safely and effectively to help stop hunger. Everyone deserves to have food. With your help we can fight hunger full force, and give individuals and families the food they need to survive.

Drive to collect coats for Needy Begins

Excerpt from: Fayetteville Observer –

January, 18, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, NC -“Project: Coat Check” is under way to secure new or gently used coats, jackets and other warm items for the needy and homeless.

“This cause is simply about our responsibility to care for those in need and to make sure our neighbors stay warm, especially through what has been a brutally cold winter,” Hampton Rutledge, the project’s coordinator and an agent with the Harnett County office of ERA Strother Real Estate, said in a news release.

The effort is being spearheaded by ERA Strother Real Estate and M.A.D. Moving.

Hats, scarves, gloves and blankets will be accepted. Donations may be dropped off during business hours at ERA Strother Real Estate offices in Harnett County and Fayetteville, and at M.A.D. Moving in Fayetteville.

Deadline is Jan. 31.

For more information or for directions to drop-off points, call (919) 478-1699.

A Year of Contribution

Excerpt from: – Fayetteville Online Publications

January 24, 2011 

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Movers At Demand Inc. (M.A.D. Moving) did a whole lot more than help make relocation convenient for families in the Fayetteville area in 2010. The professional moving company, certified and licensed by the state of North Carolina, made an impact on lives right here in our community. M.A.D. Moving is locally owned and operated, and is driven on the concept of giving back to families in need. The company created the M.A.D. Moving Charitable Foundation to focus on just that – helping others.

M.A.D. Moving contributed to helping better the lives of others in 2010 in many ways. The company participated in the Heart of Carolina Food Drive to collect nonperishable food for the food bank. M.A.D. Moving also assisted ERA Strother Real Estate in their efforts to collect more than 2 tons of nonperishable food for families in the Fayetteville area.

The M.A.D. Moving Charitable Foundation assembled and distributed M.A.D. Moving Care Packages to give to families in Fayetteville struggling through hard times. Care packages consist of food, hygiene items, and other personal necessities.

M.A.D. Moving helped spread the Christmas spirit in 2010 and took part in the Hope Mills Christmas Parade in December. Candy and toys were given to girls and boys in the audience.

The moving experts also took part in the Fayetteville Association of Realtors’ blood drive in early 2011. M.A.D. Moving recruited donors and provided snacks and refreshments to the blood donors after they gave blood.

M.A.D. Moving also showed community support as a Corporate Sponsor and Volunteer at the Cape Fear Valley, Friends of the Cancer Center Walk/Run in the fall. The company greeted participants at the finish line and supplied them with Gatorade and water.

“Working in the community to help others in need is extremely rewarding. Our organization is always looking for ways to assist others and help make a difference in someone else’s life,” stated Jana Gibbs, V.P. of Marketing for M.A.D. Moving.

The M.A.D. Moving Charitable Foundation is ramping up for the 3rd Annual Feed the Homeless event on Wednesday, February 23 from 12-3 p.m. at the VFW Post 6018 in Fayetteville. M.A.D. Moving is having a can and clothing drive in conjunction with the Feed the Homeless event. Hundreds of hungry individuals will receive a large feast that day and will also be able to take clothes and blankets with them after they eat. The nonperishable foods will be given to the local food bank. Attendees will have the chance to enroll in the employment recruitment process that M.A.D. Moving created for the event. Individuals will leave their name, contact information, and employment history, and M.A.D. Moving will work with Fayetteville employers to try to line up temporary and full-time employment for these individuals in need.

If you have an upcoming event, or are interested in getting involved with the M.A.D. Moving Charitable Foundation, please call 910-484-6683.

Business Spotlight: M.A.D. Moving

Excerpt from: Fayetteville Observer –

June 29, 2011

Jana Gibbs joined M.A.D. Moving a little more than a year ago as vice president of marketing. She says building relationships with industry associations and community organizations is an important part of growing the business.

How did the company start? “Marshall is from Fayetteville. He realized with the military, it’s a ‘moving ‘ town. He saw potential to start a moving company.” Williams previously was a manager of a Fayetteville grocery store.

What has been the company’s growth strategy? “Right now, we recently acquired Get Moving Supplies LLC, which is a national company that has moving supply websites throughout the nation. They sell moving supplies online. Our goal with that acquisition is to increase our box division, because we sell moving boxes and supplies locally. We saw opportunity to increase our moving supply sales and operations, and also a great opportunity for a first step in our franchising in the next year. We can advertise our M.A.D. Moving name on all the Get Moving Supplies websites.” There are about 125 such websites, according to Gibbs.

What is the plan with franchising? “The goal is to start selling franchises, whether here in North Carolina or (elsewhere). The moving company and box division along with it.”

You had a previous acquisition? “That was the local acquisition of what used to be Fayetteville Moving Boxes. That switched over to M.A.D. Moving Boxes. We’re just now finishing up with that.”

Did the recession and downturn affect your business? “In the moving industry, there is always ups and downs, highs and lows. Overall, the economy really hasn’t impacted us too much. It’s hard to separate the economic issues from the natural highs and lows from moving season.”

Do you do a lot of military business? “We have a good mix of military as well as non-military, and we do a lot of work on Fort Bragg, too. Commercial continues to grow, but residential still has the large piece of the pie. We do a lot of work for the different Realtor offices in town. And some moves for law firms, doctors offices and other offices.”

Since you started with the company a year ago, what are the most creative and effective ways you’ve marketed the business? “The most effective is just building strong relations with different associations. The Realtor association is very supportive of M.A.D. Moving. We always try to get involved with their association, as well as the apartment association. Really, meeting a lot of people and trying to give back to the community. We participate in a lot of local charity events.”

Do you use Facebook for marketing? Gibbs said the company has created a Facebook page in the past year.

“We’re seeing great results. It’s funny because Realtors and different people in Fayetteville who refer clients to us, they’ll say, ‘We saw you did a great job for so-and-so on Facebook,’ and they’ll say, ‘Will you mention our name on your Facebook page?’ They see we get good traffic on Facebook, so it’s been very beneficial for us. It definitely has changed the face of marketing, that’s for sure.”