Tide Loads of Hope: Helping victims of the Camp Fire stay clean and tidy

Tide Loads of Hope.

Tide Loads of Hope is doing work that won't take Camp Fire victims to the cleaners - it's a service that's free.

Matthew 25 Ministries, in partnership with Tide Loads of Hope dispatched two disaster relief vehicles from Cincinnati, Ohio to aid in the Camp Fire relief efforts. The free laundry service on wheels is aiding those who have been displaced by the Camp Fire in the Chico and Oroville area.

The 30-foot enclosed trailers contain washers and dryers and are staffed with volunteers from the Matthew 25 Ministries. These volunteers wash, dry and fold clothes for victims that have been impacted by natural disasters.

"We can do two loads per household per day, whatever can fit into one of our bags," says Aaron Leonard, a volunteer with Matthew 25 Ministries. "Matthew 25's mission is really to serve the least of these. Our name comes from the book of Matthew in the Bible to serve the least of these and we're just happy to help in any way that we can," says Leonard.

At first, the trailers were set up in the parking lot of the Lowe's Home Improvement store in Chico but have since moved to the parking lot of the Oroville Municipal Auditorium. They will be there through Thursday, December 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

"It saves us money, which is limited right now because we've been displaced and lost our jobs," said Kim Lathrop, a Yankee Hill resident. "It's pretty amazing, it actually saves us a lot of time because they do it for you. They wash it, dry it, fold it," added Lathrop.

There is no charge for the washing, drying and folding service and the disaster relief team accepts two large loads of dirty clothes per household. No bedding or blankets are accepted.

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