Laundry Love program helping local families

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- One local church is working to make a big difference in the lives of needy families with some quarters and a little laundry detergent.

It's called the Laundry Love program. The third Wednesday of every month, anyone with a Link Card, Medicaid card or someone who may be homeless can bring three loads of laundry to the Charles Street Laundromat and was their clothes for free.

The church says they took over the program from a group of women last year after it grew too quickly. Now, they say they have plans to expand it again.

"What it means to these people here is they have some extra money that they can use for prescriptions, or food, or rent or school supplies", says Bob Black with Laundry Love. "When we can help them out even that once a month to get the laundry done for their family, that's an extra $15 or $18 in their pocket and we're glad we can do that for them."

Laundry Love has done about 6,000 pounds of laundry so far this year. Soon they want to expand the project to help refugees in the next few months.

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