We at LaundryLove look forward to the 2nd Wednesday of the month, when our "family" gathers to catch up with one another, do laundry, pick up some extra food, share a meal and get a haircut. We like to include the neighbors whenever we can. Thai Gulf has always been very open and supportive of our endeavors and the barber next-door offers haircuts at a discount for LaundryLove. It's a community effort.
This week we were missing one of our primary organizers and voice of the operation, Shannon Kassoff. Instead, I took over her position. It was a busy night and most of it went by in quite a blur. I'd become so accustomed to dashing about and answering questions that when I heard someone say something, I responded as if they were asking a question. I was greeted by a big smile. "I was saying, 'hi,'" he said. I laughed. I almost forgot that this is the most important part of LaundryLove, the people, the friends we make, the feeling of care and comradery we experience with one another. It's not a job. It's a relationship. I'd forgotten for a moment, so I stopped and talked.
We gather at the corner of Beach Blvd and Garfield, at the laundromat next to the Honey Baked Ham Cafe. We are run entirely by volunteers and appreciate all and any donations. There is a donate button on this page. We also welcome any volunteers. That is our main objective, not only to help people wash their clothes, but also to get to know them, to allow them to get to know us. Not long ago someone asked Shannon if he could do anything for us, wash our cars or something. She said we had what we needed. He said, "That's the problem with these programs. There's never a way to give back." It set us all to thinking. This last month, I had the privilege of joining a mission trip to Nicaragua. While in a remote village, one of the women offered to wash clothes for us, which she did. Being a servant means allowing others to serve also. Here is a picture of LaundryLove Cumaica Norte Nicaragua.