Super 8 again offering free rooms for needy

In the spirit of Christmas charity, the Super 8 Motel here once again is offering its “Rooms at the Inn” program to accommodate families who have to spend the holidays in Fort Frances to be with a loved one who is hospitalized.
Manager Wanda Barker said she’s excited to offer the special for a third year now. “We enjoy doing it. We’re glad to help people out,” she remarked.
The Super 8 “Rooms at the Inn” program offers free accommodations to out-of-towners visiting friends or relatives in nearby treatment centres.
Last year, 10 rooms were used during the four-day period the program ran, Barker noted. Six rooms were used in the inaugural year in 2001.
The “Rooms at the Inn” offer is valid from Dec. 24-26. If it applies to you, stop by the motel (810 King’s Highway) or call 274-4945 and mention you are in town visiting a family member who is in hospital.
Advanced registration is not required, but is recommended because the number of available rooms may be limited.
This information also has been forwarded to the hospitals here and in Emo, as well as to Rainycrest Home for the Aged.
The chain of Super 8 motels has been offering its “Rooms at the Inn” deal across Canada and the U.S. for 13 years, giving away more than 11,000 rooms to holiday travellers in need.
This is only the third Christmas the Super 8 has been open here.
“It’s a way to give back to community,” Richard Nichols, general manager of the Mentor, Ohio Super 8 motel, said in a press release from the company.
“I, at one time, could not afford to travel and visit a sick relative so I know how helpful this can be,” he noted. “A lot of people can’t afford to spend the night near family.”^The Super 8’s “Rooms at the Inn” program is based on one started in 1988 by Super 8 franchisees Linda and Gary Tharaldson.
“Christmas and Thanksgiving were associated with a lot of bad memories for us,” the couple said.
“We decided a program like this would help us change that—turn a negative into a positive.”