16-year-old boy buys repossessed storage units to help owners recover their family heirlooms

  • 26 Jun - 02 Jul, 2021
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A Rhode Island teen is being praised for his good deeds after he started buying repossessed storage units to help previous owners recover their belongings. Shane Jones told The Washington Post that his decision to buy the storage units initially started out as a way for him to make some extra cash over the summer. It wasn't long before the Wakefield teen realised that he shouldn't profit from the items in the units and that he had to find a way to return them to the former owners and their families. So that's exactly what he's done. Since embarking on the project last summer, Shane has helped reunite three families with the contents inside their former storage units. In August of last year, Shane found a storage unit auction in Providence near his home and decided to put in a bid of $100. To his surprise, the teen won – but when he went to visit the unit, Shane told the outlet he began to feel sad as he sifted through the household goods, stuffed animals, personal mementos, and other documents. Wanting to do something, Shane turned to his parents, Patrick Jones and Sarah Markey, who offered to help him find the original owner's mother. The trio eventually located the woman at a retirement home in Providence and then took a trip to return the storage unit's contents. Her reaction was enough to spark Shane's interest and inspire him to keep going. His next storage unit auctions came in October 2020 and January 2021, each for a winning bid of $50.