From July 4th, 2011

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the homeless man who made me rich

My wife and I have been volunteering at Laundry Love in Rogers for about a year and a half and were recently asked if we could lend a hand down in Fayetteville.

June was our first time at Laundry Love Fayetteville and we loved it.  Each Laundry Love has it’s own environment & community, and this was different from what we’re used to in Rogers.  It’s a different laundromat with different machines, different volunteers, different clients, but all different in a very good way.

One person, in particular, really made us feel as though we needed to commit to serving at Laundry Love Fayetteville.

I had first run into him while assisting with the last NWA Point-in-time Homeless Census. I interviewed him in his home which was a tent in a camp out in the woods of Fayetteville. I had also ran into him again later that day at 7 Hills Homeless Center. I recognized him immediately when he arrived at Laundry Love, and it didn’t take long before we struck up a conversation that lasted nearly an hour.  He was still living in the woods, but trying to get into an apartment.  And, like me, this was also his first time at Fayetteville Laundry Love.

Then the unexpected happened.

At the end of our conversation, he handed me a 20 dollar bill and said he wanted to donate that to help for the next Laundry Love, and he wouldn’t take no for an answer.  I was speechless, and because of him I just can’t wait to get back to the laundromat.

(there are hundreds of stories just like this one – for more information on participating in Laundry Love Fayetteville, please visit the Laundry Love initiative page or send an email to LLPFayetteville@CobblestoneProject.org)