2nd Wednesdays at 7pm Beach Coin Laundry 19072 Beach Bl (x Garfield) Huntington Beach

Two Year Anniversary

I think founding member of our team, Steve Bruce, said it best in his Facebook post regarding this month's LaundryLove.

"Our 2 year anniversary at LaundryLove HB. Lot's of volunteers last night, for which we were grateful. Food by St George's Episcopal Church in Laguna Hills. One couple, who were living in her van:
He: We just need some time to rest. She needs some recovery time for her injury. I've got a degree in finance. My grandchild died of SIDS last year. I just had a stroke. 
[as you can see, he is all over the place]
Me: What can we help you with tonight, besides laundry?
He: I just needed someone to listen to me. That's all. Thank you for listening to me. I'm not angry, I'm just frustrated."

One night a month, we gather to help people who need assistance with doing their laundry or just doing their life at a laundromat on the corner of Garfield and Beach in Huntington Beach.  Over the two years we have been doing this, we have grown closer to each other, sharing experiences, surprises, and sometimes heartbreaks.  We have done what we can to help families with a newborn and two small children who lived in their car in a WalMart parking lot.  We've grown from an operation that helps with laundry to a service that starts sometime in the late afternoon and includes groceries and a hot meal and, of course, we ever expand the fellowship that has been a mainstay of LaundryLove since the idea was brought forth by a parent of one of our group members.

This month, again, we had wonderful volunteers, some from a mosque in Garden Grove, friends of members of the team, other churches, and people who just heard about us and wanted to help.  We have, for several months, had members of the youth group from Church of the Messiah in Santa Ana join us and participate.  Their help is so valuable because of some of their bilingual abilities.  They can help us bridge some gaps in our communication.  In addition, they are full of optimism and youthful energy, a greatly appreciated commodity.

In addition to volunteers, we also had a reporter from the Episcopal News come and do an article on our service.  You can view it here.  
http://s3.amazonaws.com/dfc_attachments/public/documents/3188096/EN_LateWinter2014_print_cmyk.pdf?utm_source=The+Episcopal+News+Late+Winter+2014&utm_campaign=Episcopal+News+Late+Winter+2014&utm_medium=email

We are looking forward to this next LaundryLove on February 12 at 7:30-ish.  Come on down.  We would love to see you.  Or if you would like to help in another way (or both!) there is a "Donate" button located on this page that uses PayPal.

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