Washington, DC Area Hotels Come Together to Collect Toys for Tots

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Fifteen hotels In the Washington, DC area, including major brands such as Hyatt, Hilton, Westin, Sheraton, Radisson, Wingate and Best Western have worked hard to help see that children in the area have a toys this holiday season. Over 1,300 toys were collected for Washington, DC area children by Crescent Hotels & Resorts.

Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

As a new hotel, we were not sure how many toys we were going to collect this year,” said Stacy Smith, General Manager of the Hyatt Place Washington DC/ US Capitol. “We couldn’t be happier to see the toys coming in one after the other.

With the holidays just days away, Washington, DC area hotels have come together to help local children in need. Fifteen hotels including major brands such as Hyatt, Hilton, Westin, Sheraton, Radisson, Wingate and Best Western have worked hard to help see that children in the area have a toys this holiday season. Over 1,300 toys were collected for Washington, DC area children.

All fifteen hotels are managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, who manages over 90 hotels throughout North America. “As our company continues to grow in the Washington, DC area, we feel it’s important to give back to our local community,” said Tim Bowes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Crescent Hotels. “Being in the hospitality industry, our teams truly love to serve others and we regularly look for ways to contribute to our community. We recently recognized the great need to provide children in the Washington, DC area a more joyful holiday season and decided to launch our first campaign of many years to follow in assisting Toys for Tots to close the void.”

“The armed forces do so much for us every day, we wanted to align our resources to help them with such a worthy cause,” added Bowes. “We couldn’t be prouder to see so many of our guests and associates purchase toys and donate them. “We felt the mission of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, to assist the US Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas, really spoke to us.”

Other Foundation support includes providing administrative, advisory, financial, logistic and promotional support to local Toys for Tots Coordinators as well providing other support the Marine Corps, as a federal agency, cannot provide; and conducting public education and information programs about Toys for Tots that call the general public to action in support of this patriotic community action program.

“It is remarkable to see how our guests have contributed as well, we have the best guests in the city,” said Mike Chouri, General Manager of the Sheraton Tysons Hotel. “They come back to the hotel after a long day of work or play with hands full of toys for our bins. We have also reached out to our clients and they have been extremely responsive. It’s very touching to see clients take time out of their busy schedules to bring over toys.”

Even new hotels participated in the toy drive. “As a new hotel, we were not sure how many toys we were going to collect this year,” said Stacy Smith, General Manager of the Hyatt Place Washington DC/ US Capitol which open last June in the booming NOMA District (North of Massachusetts Avenue). “We couldn’t be happier to see the toys coming in one after the other. We collected over 160 toys! This is even more than we had hoped to see.”

The list of participating hotels that have collected Toys for Tots may be found at http://www.stayinwashingtondc.com/toysfortots.

ABOUT STAY IN WASHINGTON DC
Stay in Washington DC includes Crescent Hotels and Resorts’ hotels located in and around Washington, DC. These properties are internationally recognized brands including, Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, Westin, Wingate by Wyndham, Radisson and Best Western. All hotels are in walking distance to a Metrorail or offer complimentary shuttle service that links guests to the city’s world renowned Metrorail network. All locations offer various dining, shopping and entertainment options just minutes away via walking, complimentary shuttle or Metrorail. Several locations offer award winning restaurants right inside the hotels. For more information, visit http://www.stayinwashingtondc.com, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter, follow on Instagram, subscribe on YouTube and connect on Google+.

ABOUT CRESCENT HOTELS and RESORTS
Crescent Hotels & Resorts is a nationally recognized, top-10 independent third-party operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 80 hotels and resorts, with close to 19,000 rooms in 29 states and Canada. Crescent is one of a small group of independent management companies approved to operate hotels under the Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt and InterContinental flags. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent hotels and resorts. For more information, please visit http://www.chrco.com.

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