KCNC/Sheraton partnership helps needy
The beds were donated by Bakersfield’s Four Points Hotel by Sheraton as part of an on-going partnership that was forged with KCNC last year.
In between helping others loading beds on trucks, KCNC Director Stephen Sanders explained the partnership grew out of a relationship he and Bill Murray, the Bakersfield Sheraton’s general manager, have as members of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield. Last year, the Sheraton remodeled 70 rooms with new furniture and donated the used furniture to KCNC which arranged to distribute it to families in need through their network of local collaboratives.
This year the Sheraton in a massive effort to replace beds at their nationwide hotels, decided to donate the used beds rather than sell them at auction.
We are definitely committed to helping the community, and we see the donations of beds as a great way to help those less fortunate in our community,” said Murray.
“This type of donation is extremely rare as beds are really hard to come by,” Sanders said. “Through the generosity of our friends at the Sheraton, many people will now have a comfortable place to sleep at night.”
Adding a helping hand was City Transfer & Storage, a local moving company, which both years donated the bulk of their services to help move furniture from the Sheraton to KCNC for distribution.
“When we made the decision to replace our current beds, it only seemed natural to build on the success of last year’s furniture distribution,” Murray said. “This is a great example of how a local business can support a very worthy organization in a unique and innovative way,”
Agencies actively loading beds on their trucks for distribution to families in need were the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, Kern County Department of Human Services, Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault, Clinica Sierra Vista, Community Support Options, Inc. in Wasco, and the Kenya Center.
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