Oregon couple buys hotel for homeless in the snow

Posted at 4:49 AM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 06:49:19-05

(KOBI) An Oregon couple paid for dozens of hotel rooms to get homeless families off the streets and out of their vehicles on a very frigid night.

Amberly Batten and her husband, Ryan, bought 45 rooms at the Americas Best Value Inn in Medford, after reading a Facebook post about families struggling to keep warm in the snow.

The post was written by the founder of local non-profit, who was able to secure a discounted hotel rate of $45 dollars a night, to help make it easier for people to pay for shelter.

8-year-old Osiris Lewis Osiris was one of the many people who stayed in the hotel Tuesday night. He usually sleeps in a car with his Dad, so having a warm bed was extra exciting.

“The reason why is because it’s my birthday tomorrow and I’d like to not spend my birthday in a vehicle. I’d like to be in a room,” said Osiris.

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