The Dallas Police Department on Saturday offered free laundry to local families in need and Hurricane Ida evacuees.
After the department participated in back-to-school events over the summer and realized that some students go to school with dirty clothes, it was inspired to help families with a laundry service. free.
Sometimes a clean outfit can help take the worry out.
“It was a big help,” said Willie Alexander, who had his clothes washed for free and said laundry money was not always easy to come by.
It was part of the Dallas Police Department’s Community Laundry Day.
Dallas Police Sgt. Wanda West, from the community affairs office, said 20 people had registered for the event, but anyone who needed help washing clothes had them cleaned.
The desire to help children quickly evolved into helping community members and ultimately those affected by Hurricane Ida.
“We’ve had people who have been affected by the hurricane, and we’re really excited about that because, in addition to being able to impact our communities in the city of Dallas, we can go beyond that,” West said.
There were also care packages with toiletries for families affected by the hurricane.
In Lancaster, the We the People consignment store helped 65 struggling families after the hurricane, when it has only been open for about a month.
On Saturday morning, store owner Leon Brown opened his doors and his heart to a Louisiana family.
“There were four children. Four young boys and their mom and dad. They are not used to what is going on, ”he said. “That they come here and get free clothes, and see that smile on their face, it moved me.
The Police Department will be hosting their third day of community laundry on Saturday, September 18. The department has more information and online registrations.
Brown said he wants to help even more people who visit his consignment store and is accepting clothing donations for those affected by Hurricane Ida at We The People at 374 W. Pleasant Run Road in Lancaster.