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Hastings church helps community get clean clothes with Laundry Love program

Published: Feb. 13, 2021 at 5:22 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Every second Saturday of the month, St. Mark’s Pro-Cathedral volunteers head to the Burlington Village Laundromat to give out free washes so people can have something as simple as clean clothes through their Laundry Love program.

Having freshly dried sheets, or a pair of pants that desperately needed a wash are simple pleasures for many. But for some it isn’t something that comes easily.

“We definitely take clean clothes and clean sheets for granted and if you’ve never been to the laundromat or if you haven’t been here recently you might not realize how expensive it is to do your laundry,” Reverend Katie Hargis said.

St. Mark’s was one of the first churches in Nebraska to introduce the Laundry Love Program. They are funded through grants and donations from their congregation. People can bring as much laundry as they need and the church has the soap and the money.

“If you’re living in the margins you might not have the money to do your laundry and it’s hard to get a job when your clothes are dirty and kids often get bullied at school because of that,” Rev. Hargis said.

There are no criteria people have to meet in order to be a part of the program. One of the volunteers was shocked to find people in the community were going without clean sheets on their beds and wanted to make sure it didn’t happen. There are translators for the Spanish community to partake as well.

“It’s really heartwarming to see the community that is being built here. We have some folks who have been coming every single month since we started this,” Rev. Hargis said. “We have folks who are new and they just help each other out.”

St. Mark’s welcomes anyone who wants to join them next month and get fresh clothes for a brighter day. Anyone can show up 2p.m. to 5 p.m. to get some clothes washed. People who want to donate or volunteer can reach out to St. Mark’s.

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