Woodstock church provides 'Laundry Love' for those in need
For some, just having clean clothes to wear is a luxury.
That's why members of the Woodstock Community Church, in partnership with the Woodstock Laundry coin-operated laundry, have been providing two free loads of laundry for low-to-no income individuals and families twice a month since April.
"As a new church, in the center of Woodstock, our vision is to provide valuable resources and services to the community as we love God and love others, to become a community center or 'hub', if you will," explained the organizer of the special laundry service for the church, Jennifer Grant.
"Having clean laundry is a very practical and tangible need that we felt we could address, even as a small church," Grant told THE BEE. "Once we decided on the 'what', we looked into the 'how'. I was introduced to 'Laundry Love' through another church in Portland. and felt it was a good fit for what we were wanting to do in Woodstock.
"Once we partnered with national 'Laundry Love' organization, we connected with John Torrey, the owner of Woodstock Laundry," Grant said. "He has been fantastic, and is such a great advocate for the community and our outreach – and, he loves to help out his customers as much as possible."
The church started out holding the two-hour free event once a month; but before COVID-19 became an issue, they were helping to clean about 15 loads per morning, helping between five and ten people. "We were maxing out the available machines with these numbers, which was why we decided to hold a second morning each month," explained Grant
"We hear comments quite often, from participants and spectators alike, that this is such a great and necessary service," Grant said. "Really, the smiles are the best expression of their gratitude!"
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