Six Hotels Act As Collection Points for Blanket Drive and Provide Volunteers to Houston Food Bank


HOUSTON, October 30, 2009 – As part of Marriott International’s corporate-wide “Spirit to Serve” global customer awareness week, six Houston-area Marriott hotels will act as collection points for the Star of Hope’s city-wide holiday blanket collection drive November 2-6 and provide kitchen volunteers to the Houston Food Bank on November 6.
November 2-6 marks Marriott’s global customer awareness week, when Marriott reaches out to customers in recognition of the inspiration they give Marriott employees to fulfill the company’s core values of customer service, continuous improvement and treating people well. As part of this program, Houston-area Marriotts are extending their spirit to serve the community by providing resources and volunteers in support of the Star of Hope and Houston Food Bank holiday initiatives.
“Marriott’s ‘Spirit to Serve’ manifests itself throughout our company in the ways we treat our customers, each other and the communities where we live and work,” said Sheila Foley, general manager of the Houston J.W. Marriott Hotel. “In a week when we are reaching out to our best, oldest and newest customers to say thank you, it is only appropriate that we also extend that thankfulness to the Houston community through these voluntary efforts.”
Star of Hope
Monday, November 2 through Friday, November 6, six Houston-area Marriott hotels will collect new and lightly used blankets for the Star of Hope’s annual holiday blanket drive for the homeless. The hotel properties will launder the blankets and deliver them to Star of Hope on Monday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m.
The six area hotels serving as collection points are:
· J.W. Marriott Hotel, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston
· Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
· Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental, 18700 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Houston
· Houston Marriott Medical Center, 6580 Fannin Street, Houston
· Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria, 1750 West Loop South, Houston, and
· Renaissance Houston Hotel, 6 Greenway Plaza East, Houston.
Star of Hope has served Houston’s homeless since 1907 and every day meets the needs of about 1,000 homeless men, women and their children at three Houston shelters. Structured programs encourage positive life changes through spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse. More information is on the Web at
Houston Food Bank
On Friday, November 6, a group of about 20 Marriott employees from Houston-area properties will converge on the Houston Food Bank community kitchen at the Keegan Center, 2445 North Freeway in Houston, where they will work in the kitchen preparing meals for distribution to different locations. The community kitchen prepares thousands of meals each week for the food bank’s Kids Café program and a variety of nonprofit organizations.