Helping hands during hurricane aftermath

Not only did the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla., manage to escape the wrath of Charley relatively unscathed, the 450-room hotel (which has more than 73,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, BTW), is helping others not quite as fortunate.

It is donating 18 crates of bath products, and sheets and blankets to the National Guard in Punta Gorda, which was hardest hit by the storm. It also is housing emergency clean-up crews and volunteers.

Of course, The Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney World Resort are also reaching out with a $100,000 contribution to the American Red Cross and the Heart of Florida United Way. It’s also going to do a food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank, and is putting together work crews to help clean up. The company also is being very generous to employees affected by the storm.

Sure, some hotels are joining in the rampant price-gouging going on, but my gut tells me the majority are living up to their "hospitality" label. This article contains more examples--I love that so many hotels waived their "no pets" policies so people didn't have to abandon their animals to fend for themselves through the storm!

If you know of a company that’s reaching out to help, please e-mail me. I’m a sucker for a Good Samaritan story.

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