Our biggest night yet!
It is heartening to see the same people month to month, both our guests and volunteers and it is also uplifting to make new friends. Several volunteers spent their first evening with us, among them Kate, from Holy Spirit in Silver Lake and a carload of other volunteers from the same church. Comment here and I will be so happy to include your names. A dear and long time friend of mine, Veronika Tracy-Smith, was in from Truckee and wanted to be a part of LaundryLove. Hesitant at first, within 15 minutes, she fit right in and loved it so much that she wrote a blog post on it for her own website,
Another guest invited Shannon into her home, an old van which she and her boyfriend had customized to fit their needs. Carpet was torn up because it held the fleas of their much loved dog. Decorations dangled from the ceiling and a surfboard hung on a wall. A bed was set up in the back. To be invited in to a home was a special privilege that left an impression on Shannon.
The young woman, grieving last month over the estrangement from her young children, came in reunited with a daughter who was proud to have won the fundraiser at school. She was able to sell over 400 candy bars. Mom glowed with pride, the color back in her face and her forehead less furrowed than the previous month.
Lynette, one of our more regular volunteers, contacted Shannon a couple of days after LaundryLove, stating that she was barely able to sleep. One of our families that evening revealed that they had come to California from Oklahoma. They had no home and the couple and their two children, with one on the way, were sleeping in their sedan in WalMart's parking lot. "Can we help them?" she wanted to know. We are working on it, Lynette. I hope so.