ORLANDO, Fla. – Much-needed support for those who have lost everything through natural disaster or personal tragedy will soon arrive in the form of furniture donated by Caribe Royale Orlando to The Mustard Seed of Central Florida.
The donation is the first by a hotel to the area’s only furniture and clothing donation bank since the COVID-19 pandemic began last March.
On October 8, gently-used furniture—including beds, bureaus, tables, and chairs—from 20 of the hotel’s suites were moved into a truck before making their way to the Mustard Seed’s warehouse.
Caribe Royale Orlando is undergoing a $125 million renovation that includes fully remodeling all of its 1,215 one-bedroom suites. Phased renovations will focus on only one of the resort’s three towers at a time to eliminate disruptions for guests and pave the way for future donations.
“The individuals and families we serve at The Mustard Seed of Central Florida Furniture and Clothing Bank come to us with nothing but a roof over their head,” said Kathy Baldwin, The Mustard Seed’s executive director. “Thanks to the generosity of Caribe Royale, we’ll be able to offer our program participants good quality, much needed furniture that helps restore hope, stability, and dignity.”
“While in the midst of our major renovation, we recognize many of our fellow neighbors are hurting. We’re grateful to partner with The Mustard Seed to brighten the lives of individuals and families in need through our furniture donation,” said Caribe Royale Orlando managing director Amaury Piedra. “We are committed to giving back to the central Florida community that has supported our business for many years.”
The Mustard Seed has been a social service agency for 32 years, providing families with basic household items to help rebuild the lives of individuals and families who have lost everything from natural disaster or personal tragedy. The Mustard Seed is also one of the few nonprofits in the U.S. that recycles mattresses. Since 2011, The Mustard Seed has recycled more than 160,000 mattresses, diverting more than 3.7 million cubic feet of waste from landfills.