‘Loads of Love’ ministry offers free laundry help

Crystal Butcher, member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Mineral Wells, is hosting the Loads of Love ministry to provide community members with the money and supplies to do their laundry for free every third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Photo by Candice Black)

MINERAL WELLS — Love spread through clean laundry is part of the initiative of the Loads of Love program through Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Mineral Wells.

Loads of Love is part of a nationwide ministry that helps folks pay for their laundry at the Laundromat and to provide all needed materials. However, the ministry isn’t just about clean clothes, it’s about community and building relationships with people who may be going through similar hardships.

Crystal Butcher, member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, decided to bring the ministry to the area to expand giving efforts beyond the church’s food pantry.

A grant was awarded to help pay for supplies and to use the washers and dryers and it was awarded through the Loads of Love ministry.

“Using this grant is really going to help our community,” Butcher said.

The goal for people to feel comfortable and knowing the community cares about someone not having clean clothes and for people to realize someone is there to help with that, Butcher said.

“Our mission would be to take a little bit of that stress off of people,” Butcher said.

November was the first month for the ministry and 10 people were there but kindly said they had what they needed and to use the money and materials for someone who needed it, Butcher said.

“It was humbling to see that they were still willing to let someone else they thought who would need it more have it,” she said.

In return for this free service, Butcher only asks for open conversation about struggles and hardships. She brings 20 years of experience in the mental health field and she has resources to get people the help they need.

“A time when you can actually talk to someone and not feel judged,” she said.

Butcher hopes people will form friendships from this program and maybe give back to the community at some point. Educating folks about doing successful loads of laundry will also be part of the ministry.

“Those things aren’t taught in school anymore,” Butcher said.

Ideally, other churches will lead by example and start the ministry at other Laundromats in the area, Butcher said.

Donations are needed for detergent, bleach, Tide Pods, laundry baskets, hampers, dryer sheets, fabric softener or any other necessary laundry supplies. They can be dropped off at the church building at 62 Turkey Foot Road in Mineral Wells.

“That would be a blessing if we had those items donated,” Butcher said. “Any help would be greatly appreciated.”

On the third Saturday every month, anyone can come by the Mineral Wells Laundromat at 2503 Elizabeth Pike in Mineral Wells from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and receive money toward their laundry. Activities will be available for kids as well for their entertainment.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.