Story: Tide Loads of Hope

Photo and story by Dick Fernandez

Today was the first day the Red Cross and corporate donor Tide came together to open a free laundry service for the residents of Island Beach New York, which was one of the hardest hit areas. This laundry service provides cleaning for one bag of laundry per family. The wash and dry service takes approximately one and a half hours. Tide’s representative stated the site is usually open from 10:00am until 6:00pm and will remain at this location until ALL residents are serviced. There are dozens of washers and dryers, running non-stop, driven by large Duracell generators and 4 very large containers of water. To help the process, Tide employs local residents to load and unload the washers and dryers. The laundry is returned to the resident folded and bagged. The process runs very smoothly. After fifteen (15) days, there are still areas without power.

Penny Frondelli (on left), still has no power and brought her families laundry to utilize this free service.  She is very thankful for the service provided to the residents. Penny said she would be back every day till all her laundry is cleaned. Pattie Kelly (right), Caroline and Dan Barwicki (center) are residents who have lost their home appliances due to flooding in their homes and are here to take advantage of the Red Cross/Tide free laundry services.

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