That chilling statement, made by a homeless man living in Ventura, California, became the impetus for Laundry Love. Founded 12 years ago by Greg Russinger, the movement partners with individuals, groups and laundromats to care for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized throughout the United States. To date, Laundry Love has done an estimated 1 million loads of laundry and assisted more than 750,000 people.
Now, it’s coming to Baton Rouge through the efforts of Lester Mut, the Rev. Tommy Dillon and the congregation of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. The first laundry night is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at JD Duz Laundry & Cleaners, 14027 Perkins Road. Organizers are relying on word of mouth and flyers distributed in the area to get the word out to those who can benefit — single moms, the elderly and families for whom doing laundry taxes their budget, and the homeless — from Laundry Love.