Laundry Mat Hopes To Clothe Katrina Victims

Thousands of clothes swirl around washing machines at Coastal Coin Landry. Many items belong to Katrina victims.

"They bring four, five, six loads of laundry maybe two or three times a week. I know how frustrating that must be for them," Coastal Coin Laundry employee Carolyn Brooks said.

And for those who've lost it all, Coastal Coin wants to help. So Carolyn Brooks and other her coworkers decided it's time to make a difference.

"Not only are they our customers, but they're turning into our friends because we see them on such a regular basis. We want to give something back," Brooks said.

From pork and beans to purses, they're accepting it all. Laundromat regulars like Milton Crawford say they want to help too.

"There's a lot of people out there who need help .It's going to be quite a long time before they get back on their feet," Ocean Springs resident Milton Crawford said.

Coastal Coin says they're experts at washing clothes, so donations don't have to be clean.

"We will in fact wash it, fold it, and donate it to the Salvation Army," Coastal Coin Laundry owner Kevin Meyer said.

They hope their pile of donated goods will continue to grow, to help meet the growing need in a community still struggling to recover.

"I feel that the community is a long way from being strong. And they need to be stronger than they are. We're doing our part in helping," Brooks said.

If you'd like to donate food or clothing to the Laundromat, you can visit them at 2406 Government Street in Ocean Springs. They will be accepting donations seven days a week.