There are many things that put smiles on people's faces! Big positive events can be some of the obvious ones, but often it is the small things in life that really can bring a lasting smile to the faces of many people.
Our idea is to provide some laundry facilities to those in Kingston who are low income. HIV/AIDS Regional Services is an organization that serves people who are living with HIV/AIDS, while not all of our clients are low income a large number of them are. They are marginalized within the community, often in many ways and experience discrimination daily.
For our clients many of life's small joys are out of reach. Even something like laundry, which is something most people often take for granted, when you don't have enough money to buy food, scratching up the cash to go to the Laundromat, or even buy the soap required, can be daunting or even impossible. By giving people a place where they can get something as simple as clean clothes will go a long way to improving their quality of life. There is something special about putting on a sweater on a cold day that is fresh out of the dryer.
This is one simple, small thing that may seem like a stretch, but just picture how you feel when you slip into bed with clean sheets, or pull that warm sweater over your head. It's one of those moments that go unnoticed by many, but is unreachable for others. This grant would allow us to make those moments a reality for many.
Funded by Kingston, ON (December 2011)