October’s Laundry Love Project

October's Laundry Love Project was just short of...well it wasn't short...it was incredible!

We had a jump start on announcing the October LLP because of some wonderful people who donated quarters to be used at LLP.  Thanks to those donations, we could move forward!

Posters were displayed approx. 3 weeks prior to LLP at various shelters in South Fayetteville, and as a result we were able serve even more guest's need for clean clothes.

In total we washed approx. 125 loads of laundry and served approx. 45 people. At one point, every washing machine in the laundromat was going!

We had two very special gifts to offer this night...

First, we were able to serve HOMEMADE soup to our guests. A huge thanks to Karen Graves for organizing the soup delivery and also to the many people who prepared those meals.  It was an incredible thing to be able to feed our guests and they LOVED IT!  Their generosity didn't stop at soup because they also sent some much needed quarters to feed those machines! THANK YOU!

Second, we were able to distribute coats, socks, hygiene packs and sleeping bags to our guests. The weather is turning and now more than ever the need is present. We packed an SUV full of these items and we had them all spoken for in about 5 minutes. Thank you to the Community Group of Jim & Anne Arkins and Bob & Pat Moore for coordinating that gift.  People are warm tonight because they responded to this need we learned of in September.

 

Another special thanks to the employees at the Bank of Rogers (www.bankrogers.com) for collecting quarters for this month's LLP. These types of efforts by businesses are an incredible way to help their communities, and we encourage you to visit them for your banking needs. When the resources of business are able to share out of their excess in the communities, mountains move.  Thank you to the Bank of Rogers as they continue their desire to serve in their communities.

The stories we take from these evenings are so powerful...there are four that are stuck in my mind.

1. One man was there washing his blanket (the only thing he has to sleep on at his campsite) and commented how it was so helpful to be able to wash his clothes and blanket. He stated that the next thing he needed before it got too cold was a sleeping bag. So, we gave him one! Thanks to the Arkins/Moore Community Group that need was met.

2. One man told us that he, his pregnant wife and 3 year old daughter were really close to being homeless, so the ability to wash clothes for free was a huge benefit. He also told me that he needed a coat for the job that he was just hired for.  So, we gave him one!  Their eyes lit up and he told me..."I think we're going to make it."

3. One women told us if she was given the choice of washing her clothes or buying a gallon of milk for her children she would obviously choose the milk. That night when she got home, she had both.

4. Unfortunately due to the craziness of the evening, we lost one man's laundry. You could see the need in his eyes. So, we took him to Walmart down the street and bought him 3 new pairs of jeans, 5 shirts, underwear, socks and some new bath towels.  Hope restored because of all the people who have given to support LLP.

Hopefully you can begin to see that Laundry Love Project is about so much more than just clean clothes. It is about loving people that our world has forgotten, so that they may know they are needed and that they are valued.

For more information, find out how you can help or to read about other Laundry Love Project's, visit the LLP initiative page.

Grace & Peace,
Mike