I was contacted by Blog Her to post about Tide’s Loads of Hope program. I had no idea what this was so I followed the website. Here is what the website says:
Tide Loads of Hope helps in the aftermath of a natural disaster by providing clean clothes and a sense of comfort to families in need. Partnering with Feeding America, we travel to disaster affected neighborhoods with the Tide Loads of Hope truck or vans, our free mobile laundry service.
Tide Loads of Hope truck:
*32 high-effiency washers and dryers stationed on the truck
*Can do 300 wash and dry cycles a day – equal to one year’s worth of laundry for a single family
*Will wash about 9,000 loads of laundry over a four-week period
*Leveraged during massive disasters where electricity is unavailable in the region
Tide Loads of Hope vans:
*In partnership with a local laundromat, the Tide Loads of Hope vans provide free laundry service at the same load rate as the trucks
*Leveraged during disasters where neighboring communities still have a source of electricity
To date, Tide Loads of Hope has washed more than 35,000 loads of laundry for over 20,000 families. Most importantly, the Tide Loads of Hope program means we’re equipped to take action whenever and wherever there is a need in our country.
Tide Loads of Hope Vintage Tees: Tide Loads of Hope can also be supported through the purchase of a Tide Vintage Tee. All profits go to support families affected by disaster.
Personally I was touched by this. I have a memory that has always come in my mind. When I was younger and in school, a friend of mine asked to borrow my sweater because she was cold. I gave it to her, knowing she came from a less then steller home, with parents who didn’t care much and living in conditions that weren’t the best still didn’t prepare me for what happened next. She lifted my sweater to her nose and sniffed. Then she said, "wow, this smells….so clean. I’ve never had clothes smell like this. Is this what it is always like for you?" I was stunned. I never realized people could not have clean clothes. While I realize this wasn’t a result of a tragedy I am still touched by this program because I realize the profound effect clean clothes can have on a person.
If you are interested in donating you can do so by purchasing one of their super soft shirts. I am going to purchase one this Friday when I get paid. First I have to spend hours agonizing over what color to choose. I love the blue, but the yellow is so pretty, and the red just pops. Uggg the choices!
To donate please visit this website http://tidetshirts.pgvillage.com/c-9-show-all.aspx?_vsc=tide4