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This Shipping Container Will Melt Your Heart

In past posts, we’ve looked into a huge variety of occasions when shipping containers have been used in weird and wonderful ways. So today, we’ll carry on our theme of container conversions by looking at one that may be the most wonderful example of them all.

In 2009, it was estimated that around 5000 people were living on the streets of Bucharest, Romania, with 300 fatalities reported every year. One elderly homeless man was brought into the limelight when his story was shared on Facebook, prompting a small campaign to improve his conditions.


In no time at all, a small group of good Samaritans had raised €1000 through an online fundraiser. They bought an out-of-use shipping container, and got to work on its transformation. They furnished the container with a bed, furniture and food, providing a safe and warm place for him to live.


A short video of the process was uploaded to YouTube, where the description read, “We enjoyed every second of it, the old man was so happy, he couldn’t believe it. Nobody knows him, so I guess he felt lucky…being helped by complete strangers.”

The next project for the group was to erect a fence around the makeshift home, to give the old man some extra protection and privacy, and, within days, they raised the money required, thanks to the generosity of some kind strangers.

There have been a huge number of conversions for shipping containers where their use has been completely altered, including bars, restaurants, homes and shops. None of these seem to be quite as fantastic as this conversion though, which has made an elderly homeless man very happy, providing him with a safe and warm place to live in.

Here at Gap Containers, we love a happy ending, especially when it involves a shipping container! We specialise in providing shipping containers of different sizes, so whether you’re looking for a 40ft or a 20ft shipping container, we’ve got you covered. If you would like any more information about our products or services, don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 0870 2409495 or email us at


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Gap Container Services is a nationwide supplier of all types and sizes of containers of every condition, with an option of new and used storage containers. We offer storage and shipping containers for sale, shipping container hire and container delivery services and we also offer containers for self-storage – whichever suits the customer’s needs.

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