HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Most of us dread doing laundry. However, if you have a washing machine and dryer in your home, you're in a better position than a lot of people. Taking your clothes to get cleaned is a task, and it can be costly. One grassroots group is working to lighten the load, literally and spiritually.
That hum of a washing machine is a familiar sound for many of us, as it removes the dirt and stains from our clothes. Sometimes, the soul needs cleaning too. That's where Loads of Love comes in.
"What we really want to do is not just give them that physical help of having clean clothes, but give them that spiritual help as well," explains volunteer Michelle Stewart.
On the first Saturday of each month, for 3 hours, volunteers turn The Laundry Room II in Huntsville into their mission field.
"We really want anybody who is homeless or who's struggling financially," describes Stewart.
"When a person shows up here, everything's provided for them," says volunteer Kirk McCauley.
Cash, coins or a pre-paid card are given to those that come in for the laundry fees. The volunteers also provide detergent and help washing, folding or watching kids.
"We have a pretty robust banquet laid out," says McCauley.
"They'll come in and wash everything they have," says Stewart. "Sometimes it's just one backpack full."
Then, just like the clothes flip inside the machines, so does the effort from laundry to ministry.
"We just start chatting them up, talking to them and find out what's going on in their lives," says McCauley. "It's a good way to develop long-term relationships with people and show them the love of Jesus Christ."
Loads of Love volunteers have been serving in this way since 2010. Even when times got tough, they kept going.
"A few years ago, we were kind of getting low on money and we were talking about whether or not we could keep going or not," describes McCauley. "Then, right after we met as a group to talk about our future, we got a donation of exactly the right amount of money we needed for that month. Little things like that confirm that what we're doing is the right thing to do."
WHNT NEWS 19 offered a little more confirmation in the form of $319.
"This will go straight into the machines this weekend," says McCauley, as he accepted the money.
Loads of Love is holding its free laundry day on Saturday, November 5th. It costs them roughly $600 a month. They get donations from many churches and different individuals. If you'd like to contribute to this effort, click here.