Sometimes the simplest of actions can make all the difference in a child’s life. Something as small as a new shirt or a shower can be all someone needs to be able to succeed. A group of people in St. Louis, Missouri are making a difference with these small changes.
An organization in St. Louis, Missouri is working to install washing machines in schools so low-income students can have clean clothes.
The R. Whittington Foundation has partnered with Slyman Brothers Appliances and Vinyl Images and Design to provide St. Louis schools with washing machines and dryers so that students can have access to clean clothes.
Rickey Whittington, the founder and president of the foundation said that he discovered that many children didn’t have the opportunity to wash their clothes at home. “We went into some elementary schools in St. Louis City and St. Louis County and we found out that there were so many kids coming to school in the morning that were taking showers and putting their dirty uniforms back on and dirty clothes,” Whittington said to Fox 2 Now.
That’s why Whittington partnered up with Slyman Brothers Appliances to bring laundry rooms to the local schools.
“These children can’t take showers at home or may not have clean clothes and it really hit home with me. It felt like this is something we should do and help out,” John Slymann said.
So far, almost one dozen sets of washing machines and dryers have been donated to elementary schools in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.
Students can take their clothes to the laundry room to be washed. They can also go to the laundry room to receive a care package with hygienic products like toothpaste, a toothbrush, soap, face towels, and lotions.
“It makes a big difference with self-esteem and bully issues that these kids deal with daily,” Whittington said. Thanks to the new laundry rooms, St. Louis children can feel more comfortable attending school.