Saturday, November 13, 2010

Update on the AmericInn Troop Giveback

The AmericInn™ Troop Giveback Concludes Reaching its Goal of 15 Care Packages.

AmericInn Troop Giveback reaches hundreds of soldiers serving in Afghanistan with supplies and recreational items

The program was met with an outpouring of support from hotel owners, guests and soldiers’ families

CHANHASSEN, Minn. – Nov. 11, 2010 – When AmericInn Hotels kicked off its Troop Giveback in October, the company knew the campaign to send care packages to troops serving in Afghanistan would be well-received by its supportive and patriotic guests and hotel owners. But the hotel chain did not expect such an outpouring of support and success that greeted the introduction of the month-long effort.

Each time a member of AmericInn’s Easy Rewards loyalty program stayed with the hotel chain during the month of October, that guest contributed to the delivery of another care package. When the AmericInn Troop Giveback program was introduced, the company was flooded with words of appreciation from hotel owners who have been running their own care-package programs for troops, thanks from employees with relatives who received some of the care packages, and guests who offered supplies to include in the care packages. AmericInn even received a letter of thanks from American Red Cross staff working at an airfield in Afghanistan.

“I can barely begin to express how much I appreciate the AmericInn Troop Giveback program,” said Jodi McClellan, owner and manager of the AmericInn Lodge and Suites of Borger, Texas. “As someone who regularly sends out care packages with help from friends and groups in our community, it means the world to me that AmericInn is supporting our troops.”

In all, AmericInn guests and hotel owners helped the chain meet its goal of delivering 15 large care packages – each including enough food, personal care, communication and recreation items for about two dozen troops – to bases across Afghanistan. Those care packages provided supplies for about 350 troops.

AmericInn, a national hotel chain with more than 215 locations nationwide, developed the Troop Giveback program with the help of an employee who served in Iraq for a year. His stories about the heart-warming impact of receiving mail and care packages – from family and strangers alike – helped AmericInn arrive at the idea for the Troop Giveback program.

“The care packages we sent will reach hundreds of troops with supplies that might help make their day a little easier and a little brighter. It’s a token of our appreciation for the sacrifices they make in service to our country,” said Mike Strong, director of marketing at AmericInn. “With thousands of guests taking part in the program, I hope we’ve made people take a second to appreciate everything our soldiers do for us.”
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