Hampton Inn gives 134 beds to charity
For the last two months, Vicki McGee tirelessly sought donors to adopt families for the holidays and provide groceries and clothing for needy parents and children.
This week, through no effort of her own, charity fell into the lap of the executive director of HOPE Unlimited.
Hampton Inn donated 134 king and queen beds, and Hill and Homes stored them in six storage units, ensuring that some people who have been dozing in sleeping bags or on the floor will soon have a comfortable place to sleep.
“It’s amazing. I’m just trying to fill the gaps,” she said of her work with HOPE Unlimited, a program within the Mesa County Benevolent Community Partnership. “I wasn’t looking for anything.”
Hampton Inn, 205 Main St., removed all of its mattresses and box springs this week and installed new ones.
The hotel had planned to bring in Office Outfitters to do the work, and the company had contact information for HOPE Unlimited in case the nonprofit organization wanted the old beds.
Hampton Inn decided to instead employ Mesa Systems for the installation of the new beds, but Office Outfitters still connected the hotel with HOPE Unlimited, Hampton Inn General Manager Jason Bargar said.
“We really didn’t want any (beds) to go to the landfill,” he said.
Hill and Homes owner Ben Hill said he was happy to donate storage units, noting he has several sitting empty.
The beds were moved into storage Thursday, where they’ll remain until HOPE Unlimited and agencies such as the Mesa County Workforce Center and the Grand Junction Housing Authority formulate a plan for how they will be distributed. McGee said people who want a bed will have to apply for one.
“We want to make sure they go to the right people and not on Craigslist,” she said.