The Laundry Project helping low income families

Posted at 4:21 PM, Mar 11, 2016

Clean clothes.  When was the last time you weren’t able to wear clean clothes to work?  Or you worried your kids wouldn’t have clean clothes to go to school in? 

It’s happening to more families than you may think in Tampa Bay.  These are families who just don’t have the money needed to wash their clothes.  Whether it be because they don’t have money for laundry detergent… for the laundry mat… or maybe both.

That’s where Jason Sowell comes in.

“There’s a lot of dignity that comes from having clean clothes,” says Jason Sowell, founded of Current Initiatives which also organized the Laundry Project.

Sowell started this grassroots project eight years ago in hopes of helping low income families who are struggling to get the bare necessities.

“They’re choosing between doing laundry and buying groceries.  Nine times out of ten, food is going to win out,” says Sowell.

Sowell’s Laundry Project and it’s volunteers have washed more than 27,000 loads of laundry; 17,000 of those right here in Tampa Bay in 2015 alone.

This weekend’s event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Big Wash College Hill on North 29th Street in Tampa. 

The last wash is at 12:30 p.m.  Donations of laundry detergent is welcome.