In 2017, I read an article in the Orlando Sentinel that the Amazing Race for Charity raised money for two elementary schools in Lake County, FL to purchase two sets of washer and dryers. My first thought was how great, then my second thought was WHY?
Why did these two elementary schools need washer & dryers? Through some internet searching I learned there were over 3,000 homeless students in just my county alone! That is a very high number. Going to school without clean clothes will definitely make learning a struggle. Kids can be mean, and having soiled and/or stinky clothes can not help an already difficult situation.
How could I help? I wanted to donate laundry soap. It seemed like a natural fit.
Not long after, my friend Gloria asked me if I could cover her "Before I Die Wall" booth at our local Relay For Life American Cancer Society event.
At the event, I was very fortunate to meet a very generous entrepreneur, Tim Totten. Not only is he a fantastic storyteller (if you like Frank Lloyd Wright, you MUST attend one of Tim's talks) but he is a creative force to be reckoned with. Turns out Tim is the founder of the Amazing Race for Charity. Of course I mentioned the article I read. Thanked him for his role in starting the Wash-n-Learn program. I shared my thoughts to donate laundry soap. He suggested I get the community involved to help increase my ability to donate.
Through this conversation, the Wash-n_Learn Box was born.
A cardboard display box full of Tangie Laundry Paste. Each unit a customer purchases from the box, we match that purchase and donate one to the school.
Soon after that I met the nice folks at the United Way Lake & Sumter Counties, I was attending a school board meeting, conversing with those directly involved with trying to help these students. In the meeting, they talked about the need for more washers and dryers at other schools. It seems as though the problem is getting worse, so I plan to keep helping as long as I can.
PLEASE help Tangie support the students in this fantastic program by purchasing your own Tangie Laundry Paste from one of these boxes in Lake County, FL.
Boxes Available :
1. Bay and Lake Pharmacy
2. Dr. Kimberly Besduden's office
3. BZ's Happy Plants
4. Health Basket
Our first donation to the school was 36 bars of Laundry Paste = 36 gallons of laundry soap!
The teachers are thrilled!
The PICTURE TO THE RIGHT, with shelves full of plastic bottles; shows the laundry soap donations they received when the program first started. Donations piled in at the very beginning and then faded off. All of the extra storage space at the school has been taken up with the excess of plastic bottles. Happy to report, soon they will only be using Tangie from a refillable container. No more plastic bottle waste and best of all....no more chemical based cleaners. They kids don't need them on their clothes and the teachers don't need to be using them or dealing with the waste. The program is a great success.
Laundry room at Eustis Heights Elementary School.
Eustis ,FL 2017