The owners of Bubbles aRe Us Laundromats in Elizabeth, NJ – Alaa El-Banna, his wife Amie Siess, and his business partner Husam Salem – hosted the first-ever triple-store Free Laundry Day for the LaundryCares Foundation. The three locations were:
- Super Bubbles aRe Us, 640 3rd Ave, Elizabeth, NJ – The Main Event
- Bubbles aRe Us, 333 Rahway Ave, Elizabeth, NJ
- Bubbles aRe Us, 31 Westfield Ave, Elizabeth, NJ
Each location was packed with people who have come to wash their clothes and linens at no charge. The 10,000 sq ft “Main Event” location has 80 washers and 82 dryers, the 6000 sq ft facility on Rahway Ave has 78 washers and 84 dryers, and the 4000 sq ft store on Westfield Ave sports 52 washers and 66 dryers. The five-hour event had all machines working throughout the day. Over 350 families were registered with over 800 people being served in total. Plus more than 42,000 lbs of laundry were washed and dried.
Experience just some of what it’s like being part of this LaundryCares Free Laundry Day in this video:
Watch this brief video of one of the locations:
Over 80 volunteers comprised of the owners’ family and staff, members of the LaundryCares Foundation and Coin Laundry Association, laundry professionals from near and far, and local generous supporters – helped make this event successful in a variety of ways including:
- Taking registrations
- Helping to load and unload laundry carts into and out of the stores
- Helping to operate the machines
- Serving food and beverages
- And helping read and attend to the children.
Guests were not only treated to complimentary laundry services, but, thanks to donors and sponsors, they also received free soap, free laundry bags, food including pizza and ice cream, cold beverages, and entertainment from a local DJ. There were also a bouncy house, face painting, and gift bags for the kids.
Learning Space Installation
An installation of an official “Wash Time Is Talk Time” learning center by Too Small to Fail was one of the highlights of this Free Laundry Day experience. Members of the Too-Small-to-Fail team brought books and furniture to create the perfect environment for reading and learning at the local laundry. One of the hallmarks of the LaundryCares Foundation is the partnership with organizations dedicated to promoting childhood development and learning such as Too Small to Fail and Libraries Without Borders. These partnerships help LaundryCares to fulfill our vision of making laundromats within communities conduits for education for children.GET INVOLVED