MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - Nov 16, 2011) - In a Veterans Day salute to members of America's military serving overseas, AmericInn hotels around the country organized special community events last week, preparing and shipping several thousand care packages to troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and other bases worldwide.

In many communities, AmericInn employees and managers were joined by citizen volunteers, school children, veterans and employees of other businesses to prepare the care packages containing food treats, personal care items, clothing, games and donated gift merchandise. Local chapters of Blue Star Mothers, a national military support organization, also joined in several of the special events.

"We are encouraged and energized by the outpouring of support for America's military that was demonstrated by AmericInn employees and members of their communities in response to this Veterans Day initiative," said Paul Kirwin, president and CEO of AmericInn. "We are hopeful that the thousands of troops who receive these gift boxes will understand the expression of gratitude that they represent from the citizens back home," he added.

AmericInn hotels reported that the gift box packing events attracted participation from a broad spectrum of citizens in their communities including elected officials, local businesses, student groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, church groups, retirees and even competing hotel employees.

For example, the AmericInn in Thief River Falls, Minn., packed 96 boxes in 45 minutes with a variety of volunteers including the city's Mayor who asked that the hotel manager appear at the next City Council meeting to be recognized for the event. In Fargo, N.D., the AmericInn surpassed its goal of 20 care packages as volunteers prepared 28 boxes for the military members. "This was a great way for our community and the AmericInn to show their support for our troops," said Jay Schreiber, manager of the AmericInn Fargo.

AmericInn has sponsored several previous care package initiatives to support members of the military as part of an overall "AmericInn Cares" commitment to caring, involvement and patriotism. AmericInn also offers a national discount to active duty and retired members of the military and their dependents. They can receive this discount by requesting the AmericInn Military Rate (rate code: MIL) when they make their reservation at a hotel, AmericInn.com or by calling the toll free telephone number 1-800-634-3444. A military I.D. is also required at check-in.

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AmericInn® is a leading mid-scale lodging chain with over 260 locations currently open or under development in 27 states. The brand is dedicated to providing an exceptional lodging value for its guests by offering great rates and amenities such as free, hot, home-style AmericInn Perk breakfast, free hotel-wide wireless high-speed Internet, inviting swimming pools and Easy Rewards. AmericInn is part of Northcott Hospitality, owner and developer of successful franchised hospitality brands for more than 50 years. For more information or reservations visit www.AmericInn.com or call 1-800-634-3444.

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