Carrying Burdens Made Light
Since January, 2012, Thom's has sponsored "LaundryLove HB," a simple idea that we didn't invent. People with the need, or people who just want their laundry done for free since we don't turn anyone away or ask embarrassing questions, line up for a chance to get a little help and friendship and do their laundry.
This month, we were honored to have Anthony Carpici from the Huntington Beach Independent newspaper attend and document our project. Here is the link.
Thanks, Anthony! It was nice getting a little local attention.
This month, for me, was one of those experiences that reminded me of how hard it can be to help. My first guest of the evening was an anxious, intense woman (usually my specialty) who was demanding, entitled and didn't like other women much. Eventually, she got a bunch of young guys to help her, which I have to admit was kind of a relief, but also made me reflect on how difficult it can be to be helped.
It was Christmas. I'd lost my job, was a single parent to a six year-old boy, and a decent Christmas was going to be a struggle. A couple of people showed up at my door with Christmas presents. A warm scene, one might think. It took me awhile to figure out what was happening and when it did, of course I thanked them, but also felt a little insulted that they thought I would not find a way to see that my son would have a good Christmas. I hope I let them have their joy at giving. But sometimes it's hard to receive.
Sometimes helping is hard. Sometimes the burdens we carry are harder to see.
Once again, we had a lovely complement of volunteers. Thanks to all and to all who contribute and make our event possible. We'll keep showing up on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 PM or before. And any of you is welcome as well, if you need laundry done, or if you want to lend a hand. If you can't make it and want to add a little to the kitty, there is a donate button on this page and we would be so grateful for your help.
Blessings to all. See you at the laundromat at Beach and Garfield next to the Honey Baked Ham store!