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Charity Group Provides Free Laundry for Needy in California

Jason Hicks |

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A group affiliated with New Song Church in Irvine, Calif., and calling itself the Santa Ana Project, recently held a charitable event at a downtown coin laundry where poor families and homeless men and women could get their clothes cleaned and dried free of charge.The washers and dryers were free for a few hours and open to anyone, with no questions asked, according to the OC Register. About 40 people came for the free wash, carrying their clothes and blankets in plastic bags and backpacks. Much of the clothes hadn’t been washed in weeks.The Santa Ana group got the idea of providing free laundry for the needy from the nonprofit group called JustOne, which operates the Laundry Love Project across the country with the goal of turning self-service laundries into “hubs of relief,” according to the group’s website.“It’s a blessing,” Brizi Gonzalez, 60, told the OC Register. She lives around the Santa Ana Civic Center and hadn’t washed her clothes and blankets since the last time Laundry Love volunteers came in September. “That’s what it is. To me? God, it’s wonderful. I get to wash my clothes like anyone else.” 

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Jason Hicks

American Drycleaner

Jason Hicks was assistant editor for American Trade Magazines, which publishes American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News, for more than nine years, and web editor for three years.

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