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Marriott housekeeper sends powerful message to Richmond

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 17:19:03-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The housekeeping manager at the Richmond Marriott Downtown had a simple, but powerful message he wanted to send co-workers. Instead of writing it out in a staff email, Ponce Greene let the light tell the story.

Greene left certain hotel room lights on and curtains open, so that from the outside a heart shined through into the darkness.

"Tough times don't last, but tough people do!" Greene posted on social media. "In the hospitality industry, we're the toughest. We will rebound and rebuild stronger than ever. Just wait."

Both the Richmond Marriott Downtown and Courtyard & Residence by Marriott on East Cary Street have reopened opened during the COVID-19 crisis.

Hotel spokesperson Connie Brewer said their rooms are not filled with tourists, rather airline crews, medical staffs, and people helping respond to COVID-19 crisis.

"Our doors are open and we're hoping to help any way we can," Brewer said.

Brewer said the Marriott worked with the Underground Kitchen to help feed people in need.

Chef Evan Campbell navigates COVID with a smile.