Ron Powers spends a few days and nights every week doing strangers’ laundry.
For free.
And he couldn’t be happier about it.
Driving the streets of Santa Cruz in a van he outfitted with two washers and dryers, the Scotts Valley, California resident visits homeless shelters and encampments, offering to help keep what few clothes they have clean. The service he offers, Powers said, is not only a chance to do some good but make a connection.
“It’s one thing to wash someone’s clothes, even to feed them and help them, but it’s another to feed the soul,” he said.
Powers started the program, which he dubbed Loads of Love, last year after seeing a YouTube video about Orange Sky Laundry. According to its website, the Australian nonprofit was founded in 2014 as “the world’s first free mobile laundry service for the homeless.”
Inspired by the video, Powers saw a way to address a need in …
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