Charity Spotlight: Loads of Love – helping kids have clean clothes for school

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After I saw a commercial during the Falcons-Saints game for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, I wanted to see who else was going to lose to J.J. Watt this year. Well, there’s a Redskin nominated and he’s doing something really awesome in this area:

Last winter, Nick Sundberg approached the Redskins Charitable Foundation with an idea for a new program to help increase school attendance rates in low-income areas and give equal opportunities to all children. His solution was washers and dryers. It started after Nick and his wife Flor heard about a laundry program that installed washers and dryers in schools after finding that thousands of children missed school each year because they did not have access to clean clothes. Nick decided he wanted to help launch a similar program in the D.C. Metro Area. In partnership with the Redskins Charitable Foundation, Nick will launch the Loads of Love (LOL) laundry program in three Prince George’s County public schools and two youth shelters in Washington this fall. The program will provide schools with a high percentage of homeless students with the supplies and equipment needed to create an in-school laundry center. Nick financially supported the launch of the LOL program with a $25,000 donation. He will also support the project through My Cause, My Cleats. Thanks to Nick’s donation, each site will receive all materials needed to implement the program with their specific population, including the washer and dryer units, laundry bags, soap and dryer sheets and a stipend to keep the program running. On November 6, Nick and Flor will cut the ribbon on the LOL laundry center at Magnolia Elementary School.


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