Laundry Love: Church group helps people in need

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - JC's Laundromat was packed when Beverly Engman and company got there, with almost all the washers and dryers in use.


For the past 13 months, Engman and others from the Springfield Faith Center have headed to the laundry the last Thursday of every month.

The mission: to plug quarters in the machines and hand out laundry soap and dryer sheets for low- and no-income people.

The group posts a notice on Craigslist near the end of each month to get the word out.

For people of limited means, the need is very real.

Engman said doing laundry is not cheap anymore - try $5.25 per load in the fancy new machines.

The Laundry Love program takes place across the nation. Engman first encountered it in Milwaukie, Ore. She brought the idea with her when she moved to Springfield.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the program puts $250 to $300 in quarters into the machines to help the two dozen families who turn out.