Country Hearth and America’s Best Inns & Suites Sponsor Nationwide Coat Drive for 2005 Holiday Season

ATLANTA, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ — America’s Best Franchising, Inc., which franchises Country Hearth Inns & Suites and America’s Best Inns & Suites, has launched its annual nationwide “Coats for Christmas” charity drive to help those in need this holiday season.

All Country Hearth and America’s Best Inns & Suites hotels are gratefully accepting donations through Dec. 31, 2005. Coats that guests or people in the community no longer need may be brought to any Country Hearth or America’s Best Inns & Suites lobby, from which they will be distributed to a local charity. “Drop off a coat today to keep those in need warm on a cold winter night” promotional posters are currently on display at more than 150 Country Hearth and America’s Best Inns & Suites hotels across the U.S. and Canada.

As a thank you, anyone donating a coat will receive 10% off the nightly rate at participating hotels where the coat was dropped off. The offer is valid through Dec. 31, 2005.

“The holidays are an important time for us to show caring toward those less fortunate by helping to keep the needy members of our community warm,” said Doug Collins, chairman and CEO of America’s Best Franchising, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

The company’s Coats for Christmas drive was started seven years ago by the Country Hearth Inn in Fitzgerald, Georgia.

About America’s Best Inns & Suites

America’s Best Inns & Suites offer single, double and suite accommodations, complimentary breakfast and free local calls. Guests enjoy membership in the America’s Best Traveler frequent guest loyalty program, and most hotels feature EverGreen(TM) accommodations for health conscious, environmentally-sensitive guests. For hotel reservations, call 1-800-237-8466 toll-free, or visit

About Country Hearth Inns

Country Hearth Inns hotels combine the homespun atmosphere of a bed and breakfast with the convenience of a hotel, including daily complimentary InnCredible Breakfast(R), freshly baked cookies and free local calls. For hotel reservations, call 1-800-848-5767 or 1-888-4-HEARTH toll-free, or visit

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