One of Missoula's favorite places to have a pool party is currently closed for renovations. We had the opportunity to visit the Wingate this morning and, honestly, it looks like it will be more of a complete and glamorous new makeover than just restoration work. Here's the kicker, Wingate by Wyndham is donating 100% of their gently used furniture to Missoula charities.

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With 100 rooms on site, you can imagine how much furniture that adds up to! Everything from sofas, chairs, mirrors, and dressers to lobby furnishings and of course, beds. Wingate could have made a nice haul of cash on these gently used items but the local staff thought it would be awesome to donate it to Missoulians in need.

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Items have gone to the Missoula Housing Authority, Homeward Inc. of Missoula, and Blue Line Development. Mary Melton, the Asset Manager at the Housing Authority shared, "this donation has already started to impact the homeless folks we have been able to house in the past 2 months." Blankets, linens, towels, and toiletries like soap and shampoo were all donated to Missoula's Poverello Center.

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So what does a business do with all of the stuff they are giving away when they are also bringing in new items like the new carpeting seen above? The City of Missoula generously donated space to store the donated items until they can be picked up by local charities.

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The first question we get when people hear about the renovation is, "will they keep the pool?" YES, we are happy to report the revamped Wingate will still have the pool, waterslides, and all 100 rooms.

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Thank you to the construction crew for allowing us to invade their space this morning! The new look is said to be "brighter" and "more contemporary." The hotel will still offer meeting space and the fitness room will be significantly larger and upgraded.

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The hotel's new brand will make its debut in mid-March when it will be 60% open with a plan to be completely finished by June 1st. Thank you to Wingate corporate and the local staff for taking care of our community, it means so much to so many.

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