On March 25, My Sunny Laundry’s two Miami-area locations hosted a Free Laundry Day event, which was held in conjunction with the LaundryCares Foundation. The two laundromats were:
- My Sunny Laundry, 16897 NW 67th Ave., Miami Lakes, Fla.
- My Sunny Laundry, 10992 NW 7th Ave., Miami, Fla.
The Free Laundry Day, held from noon to 5 p.m., was one of LaundryCares’ “Platinum Level” events – featuring free access to vended laundry equipment, free soap and laundry products, food, and entertainment for all who attended. Volunteers from the local community, along with laundry professional from across the country, gathered to make this event a true success.
In all, more than 22,000 pounds of laundry from more than 160 families was washed and dried at the two participating stores during this event. Helpers performed various tasks throughout the day, such as serving lunch to participants, helping to move laundry and load machines, operating equipment and, of course, providing good cheer.
Giving Back to the Community
The following video helps to convey some of the excitement and energy of this special event:
“We decided to have this event to give back to the community, to see happy faces, happy people, and to bring a little bit of joy,” explained My Sunny Laundry owner Laurent Broda.
Reading, Playing and Learning
In addition, brand new literacy centers were installed at each laundromat during this event. Miami’s mayoral office was on hand for a ribbon cutting at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Family Read, Play & Learn Space at the Miami Lakes store.
A total of 200 books – donated by Scholastic Books – were distributed to children at the Free Laundry Day.
These literacy centers have been specifically designed by Lakeshore Learning to provide books and a comfortable, engaging setting, which fosters opportunities for children to read and learn while at the laundromat. Similar learning spaces have been launched in vended laundries across the U.S. through the Laundry Literacy Coalition – a partnership between the LaundryCares Foundation, Libraries Without Borders and Too Small to Fail.