Colton Corner: VBS kids bless 'Laundry Love' nonprofit program
Last month Colton Community Church hosted Vacation Bible School (VBS) and with it came an amazing fundraising event that surpassed all expectations.
"The VBS we did this year was called 'In the Wild,'" said Shannon Weinberger, VBS leader. "They highlight a pastor's story about how after a major hurricane there were very few facilities in his area, so he prayed about it and asked his church to get money to buy a few washers and dryers and was able to connect with the community and share God's word. I 'happened' to remember seeing the Laundry Love (Molalla) on someone's friends list on Facebook. And the rest is history."
The friend's link connected the local VBS with Grace Peterson, a senior at County Christian School who started up Laundry Love, Molalla about 16 months ago.
"I first heard a story about a homeless man in Los Angeles who was asked what would help him most and he said that clean clothing would make him feel human again and with clean clothes he could look for jobs," Peterson said.
So Grace, with help from friends, church and family, raised donations of laundry detergent, dryer sheets and quarters. The laundry night where people can bring clothes and do laundry for free is usually the second Monday of the month at Humdrum Laundry, 1515 West Main Street, Suite G.
Laundry Love, Molalla also advertises the night for free laundry on the Facebook page Molalla Now, and Clackamas County websites also list the dates. The next night for free laundry services is Monday, Sept. 9.
"The kids who attended the Colton Community Church's VBS brought in so many laundry supplies and a lot of quarters, so many quarters," Peterson said. "We are so thankful for their sweet generosity."
Weinberger said she was impressed by Peterson's compassion for others and her passion to help others.
"She is such a wonderful role model and I am so happy that the (VBS) children's donations can help continue her amazing work," Weinberger said.
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