Everyday Angels

Laundromat angel offers help

Recently I went to the laundromat to have my clothes washed. I have age-related macular degeneration (I’m 91), so I took out my magnifying glass to read the instructions on the machine.

A lady walked up and asked if I needed help. Before I could answer, she said, “The soap goes in here. Do you have soap?”

I told her I didn’t but that I planned to buy some. She said, “I have soap,” and proceeded to put her soap in my machine. Then, she told me I needed to close the door, put 12 quarters here – and she pointed out where – and that my clothes would be ready in about 30 minutes.

I offered to pay her for the soap, but she declined.

I came away thinking: Wouldn’t the world be better off with more people like her?

Carl Dowdey, Stanfield

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