Businesses help Detroit nonprofit after it was refused service

Posted at 5:31 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 17:33:40-04

When a bounce house company refused to do business with a nonprofit organization in Detroit, other party rentals decided to come through.

Awesome Bounce in Canton refused to offer services to Frank Wright Settlements within the city because of safety issues.

The nonprofit hosts an annual Harvest Festival on Halloween, and it might be better than originally planned.

The theme for the festival this year is Star Wars.

After being refused business from the Canton company, two party rental business contacted Frank Wright Settlements to offer services free of charge.

"What a mind-blowing experience," said Deon Mullen, director of Franklin Wright Settlements.

Mullen couldn't wrap his head around the fact that not one, but two party rental businesses want to help.

Joe Davey from Party Dreams Rental in Warren and Nalise Smith of Purple Heart Party Kids in Detroit met with Mullen to get started on plans for the Harvest Festival.

"As soon as we heard the story, me and the other company were all over it," Smith said. "I just want the kids to know that there's always something positive that can come out of a negative."

Davey said he is excited and grateful to help.

"They kind of got the short end of the stick from a company that may have been less professional about what they were wanting to rent. We are just trying to help them out," he said.

Both companies are offering their services free of charge.

"Anytime you can help kids is a good time," Davey said.

Davey is offering a Star Wars themed bounce house, tables, chair, games, cotton candy machine and anything else they need.

Purple Heart Party Kids will offer a popcorn machine, snow cone machine, face painter, balloons and a hot dog machine.

Mullen hopes the children attending the event will learn a valuable lesson about community.

"Good to know that there are good people out there in the world," he said.

The event will be on Oct. 31 and 200 children are expected to come.