We are entered our fourth year of LaundryLove this month! Hard to believe. We celebrated with a dinner at St. Wilfrid's parish hall on Sunday, January 18th. All love and food and no laundry. Just an opportunity to fellowship with volunteers, guests, and anyone else who might be interested in our program and peeps.
During our three years, we have come to know many members of the community we may not have known otherwise. One of these people is Vicki, who celebrated her birthday with us on her birthday on January 14th. Happy Birthday, Vicki! We've had the good fortune to celebrate several peoples' birthdays with us since we began in January of 2012.
One thing we have fortunately avoided until now has been the permanent loss of one of our guests. Five days before LaundryLove in January, one of our regular attendees lost her life after having been hit by a car on Beach Blvd in Huntington Beach, just down the street from our project. The driver stayed at the scene, but our friend, Cheryl, died instantly on impact. We received this news from her brother, another LaundryLove guest. We grieve the loss of someone we have come to know and care about and who had become a member of our family. This is a link to a brief article about the incident. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/street-647832-struck-pierce.html Rest in peace, dear Cheryl.
Our program is simple and well-received. One night a month, a slow night for the laundromat, we take over that laundromat and provide quarters, soap, dryer sheets, fellowship, music, groceries, and a hot meal for anyone needing an opportunity to do their laundry for free! The idea started about a decade ago by a group in Ventura who wanted to do something to help people struggling with homelessness to make their lives easier and to show them they cared. They asked a man what would help him. His response, he thought that people would treat him like a person if he had clean clothes. Moved by his plight, they began what has become a national movement. We are grateful for their idea and we have copied it with gratitude.
We are completely run by volunteers and via donations. Should you want to contribute to our cause, you may use the "donate" button on this page. If you wish to join us, please come on down. Next LaundryLove is on Tuesday, February 11 at the laundromat on the corner of Beach Blvd and Garfield Avenue in Huntington Beach, right next to the Honey Baked Ham store. Spread a little love. Do a little laundry. We would love to see you!