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The Kindness of Random Acts of Vacation


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AmericInn agreed that Brian Carpenter of Winchester, Kentucky, deserved a vacation. “Carp” as his friends call him, runs a non-profit, church-owned coffee house that funds a community teen center which provides a safe, positive environment for 20 to 30 teens each day. He often works long hours, which includes filling in the gaps in the schedule from the mostly volunteer staff.

Most likely the same friends who gave him his nickname nominated him for AmericInn’s summer campaign, Random Acts of Vacation, which rewards do-gooders who seldom take the time for themselves, much less take time for a vacation. The reward is free night stays, good at the chain’s more than 200 locations in 24 states. Carpenter was one of the first winners.

Since kicking off the campaign earlier this summer, 20 winners were packing their overnight bags by early August, chosen from 3,000-plus nominations that ranged from a military wife who holds the family together through all the changes in duty stations to a woman who agreed to be a couple’s gestational carrier after their second child was stillborn. 

The winning nominators also receive the $400 equivalent in free hotel stays. No word on whether the nominators and nominees are required to vacation together—but most likely that would not be a problem.

To see the stories behind the nominations, check out AmericInn’s dedicated website at RandomActsofVacation.com.

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