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Volunteers with Laundry Love provide free services for those in need

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    The monthly program Laundry Love provides free laundry service to the needy.

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    Owner of Waimanalo Laundry Services Ericka Drayton, left, helped Briana Green load her clothes into the washing machines in December. Laundry Love is a national nonprofit that provides free laundry service to the needy and homeless. This particular project is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu and Drayton has been hosting the program at her laundromat for three years.

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    Johana Feary and her daughter Heather Feary folded clean laundry at the monthly Laundry Love event in December.

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    Alice Flores loaded up a washing machine as Laundry Love program coordinator Laura Kay Rand stood ready to help. Flores used to be homeless but now has shelter and still uses the service to wash clothes. “They’re very good, these guys, they made me feel welcome, they always come by and talk; we consider them friends,” Flores said.

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    Chan Snyder and her son Challen Snyder helped out with the laundry at Waimanalo Laundry Services.

Having clean clothes is a simple thing people take for granted, but for those who are homeless or can barely pay the bills, doing laundry is a luxury. Read more

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