Updated: Jan 26, 2021
We saw 20 families and helped provide 1,160 lbs of clean laundry during the free LoveOne laundry night on Wednesday. We happily depleted our resources as many of our neighbors were running low on basic hygiene items.
There were quite a few familiar faces that came back to the laundromat after we haven’t seen them in months. A visitor from Clackamas County mental health gave out resources with information to help provide avenues for assistance since COVID-19 struck. A local Wave rep came by to see what we were doing and asked to make a monetary donation because he liked what he witnessed.
There were a few stories shared that almost brought me to tears...life is tough and relentless with storms sometimes. I stood with another volunteer and listened to a woman explain how impossible caring for her sister with stage 4 cancer has been on their already limited income. I knew this story firsthand from my own life and felt this incredible push to give her hope. The words came pouring out as the tears welled up in my eyes, “I see you, I hear you, I understand you,” is sometimes the only thing any of us need to feel from another human.
We got to give more than free laundry last night. We gave hope, and once again I was reminded how much I love our sweet small town. ♥️