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The new Laundry Love ministry from Rev. Kevin Stewart and The Hospitality Center takes a simple premise and delivers big on a promise; donations of cash, soap and dryer sheets for clean clothes for our less fortunate and homeless neighbors.

Costs to run a Laundry Love event were guess-timates at best; $500 to $600, so Stewart planned laundry nights for one night every other month at Velvet Touch Laundromat, 2027 Lathrop Ave.

“We’re committed to every other month, but if we can do more, than we will,” he told us.

I visited Tuesday for just a few minutes, and I can tell you the energy and spirit of giving filled Velvet Touch. There were smiles for miles, happy chatter and a general sense of joyful, organized chaos. Laughter punctuated the calls for quarters, dryer sheets and volunteers keeping track of whose load was in which machine.

Laundry Love is scheduled next for Tues., Dec. 30, but neighbors shouldn’t have to wait another 10 weeks for the gift of clean clothes.  Stewart needs $1,000 to host a November night, and we all know how our community steps up in a big way when someone is in need.

Let’s each give $10 so Stewart can make a November Laundry Love happen. If we each give $10, our neighbors can enjoy something most of us take for granted. Even more, residents can enjoy fellowship with volunteers and other neighbors and then take home a bag or basket of clean laundry.

The first Laundry Love Tuesday, by all accounts, was a rousing success; not only did donations of money, detergent and dryer sheets come in, but dozens of people arrived for the simple dignity of clean clothes. Just 35 minutes in, Stewart’s volunteers had spent $300 in quarters and figured he’d go through a couple hundred more before the event ended at 8 p.m.

I know we can help Stewart organize a November Laundry Love. Donations to Laundry Love can be dropped off or mailed to The Hospitality Center, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 614 Main St., Racine, 53403.

 

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