Life Point Church (LP) Portsmouth’s ‘Laundry Love Day’ puts love where your laundry is. LP members voluntarily wash, dry, and fold clothing of members of the community for free at three local laundry mat locations.
Pastor of LP, Darrell Nickles, said they host Laundry Love Day to help those who may be in need of a little lifting. LP completed 163 loads of laundry at Plummers Laundromat, located across the street from the Wayne Hills Portsmouth Metropolitan housing project in Portsmouth.
“This is something that we have done for the last three years. We just go in there, and take over the laundry mat and do people’s clothes, and the laundry they bring us we wash, dry, and fold, and get it back to them,” Nickles said. “There are no strings attached, it is just something that we like to do to help people that could possibly use a little lift.”
Laundry Love is also a Community Block Party, equipped with inflatables for children, and free food for folks to enjoy.
“And then the city let’s us shut down the street, and put out inflatables, and have games for the kids, and we give away food and hot dogs,” Nickles said. “We actually had one of the fire departments to come out in one of their trucks, set up which was great for the kids to be able to play in the water. It is kind of a community block party fun day, where we wash people’s clothes for free. At Life Point we say, “Saved people, serve people,” Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, and we wash people’s clothes for them, and so we go out and do this once a year.”
LP also provided free laundry services at two other laundry mat locations. LP washed and dried 32 loads of laundry at Speedee Laundromat on Gay Street in Portsmouth, and 35 loads of laundry at the Splash ‘n Go Laundromat in New Boston.
“We also extended out to two other laundry mats, Speedee Laundromat on Gay Street in Portsmouth, and Splash ‘n Go laundromat in New Boston,” Nickles said. “We sent a group of people down there, and we didn’t actually do their laundry at those locations, but we payed for it. The people brought in their laundry, and we would put the money into the machines to pay for their laundry.”
LP didn’t stop at the laundry, but instead brought in a host of barbers and hairstylists to provide free hair cuts, providing a total of 70 haircuts.
“The people are very appreciative, very thankful. They know that we are there to help them, and that we care about them, and just to show them in this small way that they are important,” Nickles said. “I was not at the Speedee and the Splash ‘N Go, but I was told that there was a huge surprise factor, that the people were so surprised that we were willing to pay for their laundry to be done.
Rebecca Brown Goshay, a resident of Wayne Hills, was among the hundreds of people who experienced LP “Laundry Love” firsthand.
“I think it was a very nice thing that Life Point Church did, just wonderful. The people from Life Point were very nice,” Brown Goshay said. “They come up through here and do a lot of things in this community, and that is really nice.”
Nickles said members from other local churches came out to assist with Laundry Love, which is admirable.
“This is certainly something that our church will to continue to do. We also had people from other churches to show up to help, and we love that,” Nickles said. “Anyone that wants to come out and help us is more than welcome, it is great to see people from other churches.”
For more information regarding Life Point Church visit the website at: www.lifepointportsmouth.com.
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