When laundry isn’t a chore, but a gift.
Dozens of Florida women are lining up to do laundry for helpers they don’t know. Yes, you read that right.
Over the weekend, Jennifer Taylor Koukos took to social media with a photo of more than two dozen women standing in line at Sebring International Raceway in Highlands County on Saturday. The women, Koukos wrote, were waiting to pick up loads of laundry belonging to linemen working to restore power to Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
“See this line? All these ladies waited in line tonight to take loads of linemen's laundry home,” Koukos wrote in the caption of the photo. “One lineman asked me what those ladies were standing in line for. When I told him they were waiting to be given laundry, with a look of sheer disbelief he said, ‘You gotta be kidding me.’ What a great night.”
According to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, 60,000 utility personnel from the U.S. and Canada are currently working to get power back on in Florida. In a briefing to the public on Friday, Perry said the severe damage from Irma's winds will require that parts of the power grid to effectively be rebuilt.
Some experts estimate that it will be weeks before power is fully restored in Florida, which means countless more hours of sweaty, back-breaking work for thousands of linemen. But at least they can count on clean clothes.
Kelsey Murray, who helped organize “Laundry for Linemen” wrote on Facebook Sunday that volunteers were able to process 177 loads of laundry in two days, and will continue to do so until they leave.
For information on how to help Florida’s hard-working linemen and to see the other ways communities are coming together to support them, visit the IRMA Recovery: Florida Linemen Support group on Facebook.