The Drury Plaza Hotel, Chesterfield, and Webster Hills United Methodist Women have been partners in a sheet ministry since 2013. An agreement was made that no linens would be sold and that the charitable organizations receiving the linens would send a note addressing how the bedding would be used.
Most of the organizations we donate to are local; Salvation Army, International Institute, Join Hands East St Louis, Home Sweet Home, Lydia House, Humane Society etc. We have also taken sheets to a distribution center in Springfield, IL and given to St Vincent DePaul who transported donations to disaster relief areas after hurricanes, fires, tornadoes etc. The Container Project has taken our slightly stained king size sheets to Central America to be used as room dividers for Covid patients and also dividers in one room homes.
Bandages are made from our sheets by a Ladue Chapel group and a Central Presbyterian White Cross group and send through the Container Project to various countries. Seven Quilter groups use our mattress pads and sheets to make quilts for homeless women, foster children, veterans, cancer patients, disaster relief and grief groups.
Badly stained bedding and towels are donated to the Humane Society, APA, World Bird Sanctuary, Powder Valley, and The Five Acre Animal Shelter. When possible, the stains are cut off and a volunteer sews up the side of the sheet to make a single bed sheet.
No sheet, pillow or towel is discarded. There is a need for everything including the badly stained and torn. Over the years this ministry has been a blessing to a multitude of people locally, state wide and over seas due to the generosity of the Drury Plaza Hotel and all the wonderful, dedicated volunteers who make this ministry work.