A hotel team knows better than anyone what a difference a good night’s sleep can make, and our team at the Hilton Garden Inn Cedar Rapids will never forget that after a powerful experience giving back.
This past weekend, a group of Lloyd team members drove from Sioux Falls to Cedar Rapids, joining the Hilton Garden Inn Cedar Rapids team to build 40 beds for kids who otherwise would be sleeping on their floors.
It’s part of a partnership with the IA Linn County chapter of the national nonprofit Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
“This was our hotel’s first time participating in a bed build, and it checks off every one of Lloyd’s company core values: Do the right thing, solve it, build relationships for life, and have fun,” said Ginger Sickels, General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Cedar Rapids.
“Lloyd’s purpose is to ‘improve quality of life’ and it is important to us to give back to the communities we serve. We are very intentional on living out our company’s mission.”
Along with team members and their families, volunteers from local Cedar Rapids companies joined with Lloyd to sponsor the bed build.
There were some bonus passengers on the trip to Iowa, too. Lloyd held a stuffed animal drive to make sure every child who received a bed had a stuffed animal to go with it, plus extra for siblings.
“Our team responded in a big way,” said Jennifer Seifert-Brenna, Vice President of Lloyd Hospitality Group. “We were honored to have the chance to make an impact together for so many kids and families in Cedar Rapids. We’re the proud developers and operators of the Hilton Garden Inn there, and it’s wonderful to see how connected this hotel is becoming to the community.”
To encourage the hotel to make an even bigger impact, “Lloyd challenged us as leaders to find local partners to match our gift,” Sickels said.
“Our community stepped up in a huge way, and we were supported by a dozen area businesses. I think they all found the experience just as impactful as we did.”
- American Family (Heaton & Associates)
- Berthel Fischer
- Culvers Garden Center
- Hall Lending
- Hanna Plumbing
- Scooter’s Coffee
- Service Master
- Strellner Agency
- UpTown Coffee
To learn more about Sleep in Heavenly Peace, click here.