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Free Laundry Helps low income Tampa families

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Saturday's event attracted dozens of Bay area families. Saturday's event attracted dozens of Bay area families.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Michelle Sellers hasn't  washed her kids' comforters for more than seven months. She can't afford it.

"To them cleanliness is close to Godliness," Sellers said. "They want everything to be perfect."

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Current of Tampa Bay, Inc. runs the Laundry Project. Saturday the group helped families at Best Laundromats Coin Laundry on S. Dale Mabry Hwy. Sellers and her husband spent the morning doing laundry for free.

"I couldn't afford to do all my laundry," Sellers said. "So this is a blessing. I probably have $45 worth here."

According to the organization, families who frequent coin Laundromats wash approximately eight loads per trip, averaging around $25 each visit. That's a bill Sellers just can't afford to pay. 

"I've been unemployed since 2010," Sellers said. "I've had part time jobs but it's not enough to pay the bills."

The Laundry Project, ran by community volunteers, washes 250 to 300 loads in a single event.

"We turn a laundry mat into a community center for a few hours," Jason Sowell, President of Current of Tampa Bay, Inc. said. "We just want people to walk out with hope like someone cares about me and will do this for me no strings attached."

The next event is June 28 in Dunedin.
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