And the winner is…Laundry Love of Longview!
Tuesday night was an incredible evening of local women coming together and giving back to our Lower Columbia community. Thank you to all of you in attendance. Thank you to Feed the Need and Belly Brigade along with their volunteers for the delicious food and appetizers! And a special thank you to the Monticello Hotel for donating the space to meet in their lovely ballroom. We appreciate all of our nominating members who presented their charities that night. Our three nominations were Progress Center, Laundry Love Longview and Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid. All 3 of these nominated charities do such wonderful work and serve our community! We all know it was a hard decision. Thank you to all who presented and congratulations to Laundry Love!
The story of Laundry Love began with T-Bone (Eric), a homeless gentleman living in Ventura, California. In one particular conversation, a question was asked of him: “T-Bone, how can we come alongside your life in a way that would matter?” His response was honest and practical. “If I had clean clothes I think people would treat me like a human being. ”We also love this quote from their local website. “Laundry Love is a modern day foot washing.” Nationally, to date, an estimated: 1,000,000 loads of laundry have been done, and over 750,000 people cared for! Laundry Love of Longview provides free laundry services to those in need- the homeless, students and economically depressed individuals and families in our Lower Columbia area. Those living in shelters, motels, cars, garages and on the streets. This happens on the third Thursday of each month at the laundromat located at 417 20th Avenue in Longview. Students can also be referred by the Longview School District and have access to a separate, monthly service. Your donation will help enhance these services to students in our local community. Laundry Love provides the laundry detergent, fabric softener, along with free access to the washers and dryers. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about their Longview program, visit the local website: www.laundrylovelongview.org and for an overview of the national program you may visit www.laundrylove.org
Please send in your check!
We are now in the process of collecting the remainder of the pledged checks. There were many members unable to attend Tuesday night’s meeting, so it will take a little time to update the total donations we are paying to Laundry Love. So far we have collected $10,300! We want to give our collected funds to Laundry Love sometime in the next few weeks, but we need your promised donation to complete this quarter’s efforts. If you signed a membership agreement on paper or online and have not yet paid, please do so. Our group’s continued success depends upon your generosity!
Please write your checks to: Laundry Love Longview” for $100 or more, and mail to:
627 23rd Ave
Longview, WA 98632
You may also go online and pay $104 by credit or debit card at:
***Important! If you choose to pay online you will need to donate $104 to cover the credit card processing fees. While you are there check out their super awesome apparel, jewelry, stationery and wall art. They will donate 40% of all proceeds to this quarter’s winner! The holidays are right around the corner!
We also want to thank Karinsa Holmes-Solo from the Dino Doozer Foundation, for sharing the impact of our collective donation of $20,500 from our 3rd quarterly meeting, made to their organization!
Be sure and mark your 2018 calendars for our 1st anniversary meeting! WEDNESDAY, January 17th, at the Longview-Kelso Elks Lodge!! See you then! This meeting is going to ROCK!!