HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in her life: doing laundry.
Every month, Mitchell travelled to a local laundromat in Southern California to take advantage of Laundry Love, a growing faith-driven movement that helps people in need by washing their dirty clothes for free.
Volunteers befriend patrons and often find ways to help that go beyond free soap and quarters.
Experts say Laundry Love has grown because it's a simple way to give something necessary to people who don't have the means to do it themselves.
In 10 years, the movement has gone from a Christian church in Southern California to more than 100 locations across the country. It includes people from all faiths.