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06 November 2011

Loads of Love - One Year!

I've been a part of an effort (or a ministry) called "Loads of Love" for a whole year now! The text from one of our flyers gives a summary of what it is:

"On November 5 we invite you to Five Points Laundromat  (815 Wellman Ave, 35801) to wash and dry your clothes (up to three loads - for blankets and heavy items, one to two loads) free of charge or obligation. Just show up with dirty clothes and we'll provide detergent, fabric softener, bleach,  and the washers and dryers so they'll be clean when you leave."

Loads of Love was started both as a means of helping people without expecting any return and of team-building in preparation for a mission trip to Haiti that happened earlier this year. We do this to follow Jesus Christ and obey what He taught; not to make us feel good about ourselves. My friend Stephanie Newman has been the driving force behind LoL; she's responsible for conceiving it and for making it happen. Many thanks, Stephanie!

LoL happens on the first Saturday of each month and though our primary target group is Huntsville's homeless population, there are people from many walks of life that we're able to help. We started in November 2010. It was somewhat appropriate, then, that on our one-year anniversary Kay Campbell, the Faith & Values Editor for The Huntsville Times, visited us along with a gentleman named Robin (failed to get his last name), a photographer for the paper. Kay talked with several volunteers as well as a few clients yesterday to get a feel for what's been happening and how the ministry effort is making an impact on a little piece of our city.

We're praying and brainstorming about what to do next. We would love for more Christ-followers to be involved with this effort. Our next big need is a van and driver to make a stop at one homeless camp (we're limiting it to that right now) to pick up our clients and then to take them back after Loads of Love is finished. If we can get a few area churches to climb on board with this the "burden" would be spread out and would be quite easy to manage.

If you'd like more information, our would like to help or donate funds (we feed washers and dryers with quarters from donations), hygeiene products for the coming cold months, detergent, clothing, etc., please click here to send me an e-mail and I'll get you hooked up.


Christy said...

Awesome! I have yet been able to participate other than through donations. I think it's a great ministry and will continue to support it one way or another.

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