In response to the economic problems caused by the coronavirus, four Pine Bluff area churches are sponsoring a Family Wash Day Saturday, June 6, at two local laundromats. Registration will be held Saturday, May 30, at the former Walgreen’s at Ohio Street and East Harding Avenue, beginning at 10 a.m.


Alfred Carroll Ministries, Unity Christian Fellowship Church, Living Grace Fellowship Church and City of Love Outreach & Restoration Church are forming an alliance to fund Family Wash Day. They hopes to sponsor 60-75 Pine Bluff area families who use laundromats, according to a news release.


All participants will be required to remain in their cars during registration May 30. Participants must have an active email address and access to a smart phone. Each head of the family will be assigned an access code to operate the coin laundry machines. Credits in the amount of $20 will be awarded to each family to help cover their laundry expenses. However, credits will not be activated until the Family Wash Day event June 6.


Credits may be used at “U-WASH-IT Coin Laundry” facilities at 3103 S. Main St. and 1201 Blake St. No money will be given out. All transactions will be handled electronically, according to the release.


The Rev. Greg Smith, pastor of City of Love, said as a school counselor, he often visited homes where there were piles of dirty laundry waiting to be washed. He wants people to see the Family Wash Day and the other many act of kindness during this pandemic, as acts of God, not just nice people doing nice things, according to the release.


“This project will really bless families in these lean times,” said Anthony Armstrong, pastor of Unity Christian Fellowship.


Bishop Henry “Hank” Wilkins IV, pastor of Living Grace Fellowship, said it is the love and generosity of Christ that motivates his church to be involved.


Alfred Carroll, project organizer, said he knows firsthand the importance of the local laundromats and thanks owners of U-WASH-IT Coin Laundry for partnering with the group.


The group will also sponsor a poem writing contest for students in first through 5th grades and cash prizes will be awarded, Carroll said. Details will be given out during registration. Other laundromat owners, individuals or groups wishing to join and/or support these efforts may call 870-692-9039.