ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The Millennium Hotel in Downtown St. Louis is now closed, but the fixture in the city’s skyline is making one final contribution before it’s gone. The contents of the rooms are being donated to local charities, one of which helps people arriving here with almost nothing.
Volunteers from Oasis International were in the hotel Monday, hauling away mattresses, chairs, and more, all being given to them by the hotel.
Oasis assists refugees arriving in St. Louis with English classes and job assistance. But the most important thing they provide is furniture for bare homes. Director Mark Akers says he’s come across people who have slept on apartment floors for six months and more.
“We want to give a whole house full of furniture to every refugee family that comes,” he says. “They’ve been through a war. They’ve lost family members. They’ve lost their friends, their jobs, their homes, and now their country.”
But it’s difficult because it’s often tough to find furniture. That’s what makes this such a big deal.
“I do feel like a kid at Christmas. We are extremely blessed. We’re always looking for people to donate furniture.”
He and his volunteers are thrilled with what they’re getting. But they’re not lost on the fact they’re emptying out a St. Louis landmark.
“It is. It is,” Brian Tucker, a volunteer told us, “However I think if there’s any way to go out, their generosity for a great cause is amazing. It is sad to see it but I think something great will come of it.”
They hope to assist nearly 400 refugee families this year. If you’d like to help, you can contact them here: http://www.oasisinternational.info/index.php
Goodwill is also receiving some of the hotel furnishings.