RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - Dec 31, 2012) - As the holiday season approaches, we look forward to warm, cozy nights in our homes spent with family and friends. However, not everyone shares the same fortune, and for that reason the Courtyard Raleigh Crabtree Valley, a hotel near Crabtree Valley Mall, is teaming up with One Warm Coat.

A coat drive, sponsored by GMA and Burlington Coat Factory, is taking place through January 15, 2013, at this hotel in Raleigh, where the front desk has a box set up for guests, staff and members of the community to drop off donations.

"The holiday season is a time to reflect on the past year and be thankful for the things that we have," Rachael Pair, General Manager of these Raleigh accommodations, says, "and as a team we wanted to share a little warmth from our hearts through something as simple as a coat that could make the world of difference in a family's life."

One Warm Coat, which started in 1992, works with thousands of groups across the continent to "collect coats to give to those in need, free of charge." The organization aims to make it easy for people to help those in their own communities by providing the tools and resources volunteers need to organize coat drives and distribute collections through local agencies.

A coat might seem like a small thing, but the organization's research has shown that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature can impact the ability of adults to work effectively and for children to learn. They also found that nearly 15% of Americans are living in poverty, and a warm winter coat is considered an "extra" and often not doable within their given budget. For more information on One Warm Coat, visit http://onewarmcoat.org/donate/donate-a-coat/.

To learn more about Courtyard Raleigh Crabtree Valley, visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rducy-courtyard-raleigh-crabtree-valley/, where you can book rooms, browse Raleigh hotel deals, plan your visit with maps and transportation information, and discover nearby dining, shopping and attractions.

About the Courtyard Raleigh Crabtree Valley
Located next to Raleigh and just minutes from top dining and shopping at Crabtree Valley Mall, the Courtyard Crabtree Valley offers a modern, stylish hotel with business-friendly amenities and comfortable accommodations. Guestrooms and suites feature a clean, simple design and offer plenty of space for work, relaxation and rest. Every accommodation includes a mini-fridge, coffeepot, upgraded bath amenities and a bed outfitted with custom comforter, thick mattress and fluffy pillows. Stay on track with your fitness routine in the exercise room or outdoor seasonal pool, and stay well-fed at The Bistro, the main hub of this hotel's flexible lobby space. At The Bistro you'll find healthy, fresh options for breakfast and a wide variety of delicious choices for dinner. The 24/7 Market stocks snacks, beverages and sundries for whatever you need no matter the time of day. With easy access to I-440, this hotel is a top choice for business travelers who need to get to downtown Raleigh, North Carolina State University, the Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. This Raleigh hotel also offers a business center and meeting room with capacity for 40.

Contact Information:

Sandra Hughes Benton
Courtyard Raleigh Crabtree Valley