In the aftermath of the recent hurricanes that devastated parts of Texas and Florida, people
all over the world reached out to lend a hand — including associates from the Delaware
North-operated Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Led by Environmental Manager Heather Coton and Executive Housekeeper Pieter van
Houten, The Gideon Putnam teamed up with The Giving Circle, a local nonprofit that was
founded in 2005 in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The organization’s mission is
to seek out communities in need and connect them with those with the resources to help.

With just one week to organize their donation, associates at The Gideon Putman sprang
into action. Coton posted flyers requesting donations from fellow associates, while van
Houten, aided by HR Assistant Chris Dix, offered sheets and towels that had been taken
out of circulation at the hotel. Jared Taisey, manager of the Roosevelt Baths & Spa, contributed
more than 40 spa blankets.

Multiple generous associates donated clothing, which was ultimately not needed, based
on information gathered by The Giving Circle reconnaissance team. But The Gideon
will donate that clothing to a local charity.

On Sept. 12, associates filled The Gideon Putnam’s shuttle bus with the donated
supplies and made their way to the local drop location. Coton reports that The Giving
Circle — now on its way to the affected areas — was extremely appreciative of Delaware
North’s donations.

“In times of tragedy, it is easy to see that goodness exists in all of us,” said Coton.


Published: September 15, 2017