Bedandbreakfast.com has just announced that it will be participating in Passports With Purpose, an organization that uses donations from businesses to create a prize list on which people bid to raise money for good causes (this year, it's wells in Haiti).
This got me to thinking about how owning an inn offers you not only the chance to nurture your guests, but also the opportunity to give back in other ways. For example, Lynnette Scofield at the recently reviewed William Henry Miller Inn in Ithaca, NY operates "Animeals," a program that collects and provides free pet food it to animal shelters.
With Hurricane Sandy having blown through the Northeast, many B&B owners who weren't affected by the storm opened their doors to other displaced innkeepers and/or agreed to take in their guests.
When we owned our B&B and found ourselves with a last-minute cancellation, we'd often phone up guests who were fans of the inn but couldn't afford to come often and offer them the newly abandoned room free of charge. We also donated used -- but still in good shape -- blankets and pillows to a nearby women's shelter whenever we did a room upgrade.
I know this is just a small example of the big hearts innkeepers possess, so during this season of goodwill, I'd love to hear from other innkeepers about how you use your B&B to help give back. Just leave your comments below.