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Creativity in charitable fundraising is be admired. And I’ve witnessed some wild ideas from my many years of hanging around college students.

Typically, I don’t drop money in a bucket being pushed toward my car window at an intersection. I prefer seeing a little more ingenuity at work.

The Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Chattanooga is taking advantage this week of being located at the main entrance to the Riverbend Festival that features big crowds and lots of music. While the hotel’s rooms have long been booked, another valued amenity is being offered.

Since many festival goers prefer a more proper privry than a portable potty, the hotel is offering its cool, clean restrooms to passersby — for a price. Proceeds benefit the local Ronald McDonald House that serves families with severely ill children.

Now that’s going for a good cause.

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