OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — The LaundryCares Foundation, philanthropic arm of the Coin Laundry Association, is inviting residents of the Gainesville, Florida, area to take advantage of a Free Laundry and Literacy Day event at two stores there later this month.
Guests who visit either Fresh Laundry at 3830 S.W. 13th St. or Wash King at 210 N.E. 16th Ave. in Gainesville on Tuesday, March 28, can enjoy complimentary laundry services and cleaning products plus free food and fun activities for children and adults.
The event beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern will last two hours and there’s no limit to the amount of clothing and linens that guests can bring to wash for free during that time.
The laundries will include Family Read, Play, Learn spaces for children to build language and learning skills in comfortable, engaging, language-rich environments. The special spaces are part of an initiative of LaundryCares and Two Small to Fail, which together formed the Laundry Literacy Coalition to help support children’s early language development and bridge the large child literacy gap across the country.
Local partners, including librarians from the Alachua County (Fla.) Library District, will be onsite at both locations to provide interactive literacy activities and educational resources for families.
“Our organization is dedicated to helping under-resourced neighborhoods by making literacy and learning attainable,” says Dan Naumann, executive vice president, LaundryCares Foundation. “The Free Laundry and Literacy Day events are an important recognition of a growing U.S. population with children and families who often find it challenging to have basic needs met.”
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