Laundry Company Washes Blankets For Local Homeless Shelters

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)– Groups of volunteers are looking to help those get out of the bitter cold and there`s one way a laundry company is joining the cause.

Faultless Linen Services washes 1,500 pounds of sheets and blankets for local shelters every week, all of it in an effort to help keep the homeless warm and they do it for free.

Kathleen Bercher and workers at the Americorps office in Soulard are loading up their weekly stacks of blankets and sheets to prepare for Thursday night’s bitter cold. The group of volunteers and workers met online and created a Yahoo group and the network grew from there.  They offer shelter and find places for people to go in freezing cold temperatures. There’s no funding, all of their items are donations from volunteers and the public.

They take the laundry to Faultless Linen Service down the road to get it all cleaned. Folded and ready to put fresh sets on beds at 9 shelters across the city.

It all started with a mall laundromat three years ago. They call in extra workers if needed to make sure the blankets are ready to go. The service is free as needed during the winter.

While the blankets and sheets make their way through the wash, these volunteers will keep their efforts going to help make the winter less worrisome for those who are in desperate need of help.

A park area downtown is where some homeless will be if they can’t find shelter and those blankets will go to those who are in need tonight.

Those interested in volunteering should e-mail cst@americorps-stl.org detailing their interest i.e. shuttling, winter outreach, sheltering or visit the Winter Outreach Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AmeriCorps.St.Louis.

Donations of the following are always needed:

Shelters (Can be dropped off at AmeriCorps St. Louis 1315 Ann Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104)
- Warm LARGE coats
- Warm Gloves
- Warm Socks

Outreach (Can be dropped off at MoKaBe’s on Grand and Arsenal)
- Warm Gloves
- Warm Blankets
- Handwarmers
- Warm Socks

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