CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Extended Stay America, Inc. (NYSE:STAY) is celebrating the season of giving by delivering 200 Hope teddy bears to pediatric patients at Levine Children's Hospital today, Tuesday, Dec. 12. As part of its Give Hope program, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, Extended Stay America aims to bring smiles to the faces of children battling cancer with Hope the teddy bear - a cuddly symbol of kindness and comfort.

"This Hope bear donation is close to our hearts, and we are grateful to be able to work with the team at Levine Children's Hospital to brighten the day of these brave children in our hometown of Charlotte," said Gerry Lopez, President and CEO, Extended Stay America. "We were able to make today happen with the support of our hotel guests, and we encourage others to donate to our Give Hope program, so we can continue spreading hope and joy to children who need it."

Giving Hope For just a $10 donation a Hope bear, made exclusively with Build-a-Bear Workshop ®, can be delivered to a child hospitalized with cancer. For those who would like to bring Hope home to a friend, family member or loved one, Hope can be ordered and delivered for $19.99. For each Hope bear purchased, Extended Stay America donates $5 to the American Cancer Society toward pediatric cancer research.

Working with the American Cancer Society, Extended Stay America has provided Hope bears to children's hospitals across the country this year, including donations at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Providence Children's Hospital in El Paso, Texas. These donations are part of the brand's commitment - through the support of its hotel guests - to donate 10,000 Hope bears nationally to children hospitalized with cancer. 

For more information on Extended Stay America's Give Hope program, or to donate or purchase a Hope bear, visit www.extendedstayamerica.com/hope.

About The American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit  cancer.org.

About Extended Stay AmericaExtended Stay America, Inc., the largest owner/operator of company-branded hotels in North America, owns and operates 625 hotels and over 68,000 rooms in North America and employs over 8,000 employees at its hotel properties and headquarters. The Company's core brand, Extended Stay America®, serves the mid-priced extended stay segment. Visit  ESA.com for more information about the Company and its services.

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