Topeka Hotels Give Back

The community offered its support to the Center for the Homeless in South Bend this Thanksgiving holiday.
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TOPEKA, Kan. - With a chilly holiday season just weeks away, three local hotels are spreading a little warmth.

"The program offers free hotel rooms to those visiting loved ones in area hospitals, nursing homes and treatment centers on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve," Residence Inn Topeka Sales Manager, Barbara Anne DeBolt, said. "By offering these free hotel rooms, we hope to bring families a little closer together for the holidays."

The Tharaldson family started the "Room in the Inn" program twenty years ago, after spending Christmas in the hospital with their ill 9-month-old son.

"The Tharaldson family themselves went through this," DeBolt said. "It's why they started this program. So that they could help other families in this time in need, when you don't expect to have a crisis happen."

As holiday expenses add up, medical bils can make a difficult time even worse. However, providing a free stay can lighten that burden.

"If people are traveling here and they have to see family, having this extra night available for them when they have to stay maybe two or three days that, financially that can be a big help to them," DeBolt said.

Hundreds of hotels are a part of this nation-wide project. Locally, more than 180 rooms will be available to families in need.

"We are very proud to be a part of Topeka's community and this is just a thank you back to the community for what they do for us," DeBolt said.

The Topeka Residence Inn by Marriott, Fairfield Inn by Marriott and The Topeka Comfort Inn by Choice will all be offering free rooms on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve.