The shirts off their backs
GREENFIELD — The Laundry on Federal Street has teamed up with Friend to Friend, a group of local volunteers who help others in times of need, to hold a school-age children’s clothing swap on Sunday.
Alex Fiorey, owner of The Laundry at 176 Federal St., said he got the idea as he was rummaging through some of the clothes his 5-year-old had outgrown.
“I didn’t want to throw his clothes away, so I came up with a way that other kids could use them,” said Fiorey, who will collect clean clothing throughout this week.
Fiorey said The Laundry and Friend to Friend are collecting reusable clothes that are in good condition. Their plan is to hold a yard sale on Sunday, where parents can come to find back-to-school clothing for their children at no cost.
Fiorey said details about the event, like the place and time, will be announced later.
“The laundry has been part of the community for many years and we’d like to continue to do things for it,” said Fiorey, who said the laundromat will celebrate 50 years next year.
Fiorey said he is also offering free drying of laundry this week. He said people will pay to wash their laundry, but will be able to dry it at no cost.
“The free drying started as another way to help people who are getting ready to send their children back to school get their clothes clean and ready to go,” he said. “Then I decided to extend it to everyone.”
Fiorey said anyone who needs to use a dryer now through Sunday can do so for free.
For more information, visit The Laundry Greenfield on Facebook.