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Rapidly growing Laundry Love charity brings suds, faith to the laundromat to help homeless

  • In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, people sift through donated food before doing their laundry for free at a laundromat during a Laundry Love event in Huntington Beach, Calif. Laundry Love is a growing faith-driven movement that helps people change their lives by letting them change into clean clothes. The organization partners with local laundromats and helps those who are homeless or struggling financially by doing their laundry for free. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, people sift through donated food before doing their laundry for free at a laundromat during a Laundry Love event in Huntington Beach, Calif. Laundry Love is a growing faith-driven movement that helps people change their lives by letting them change into clean clothes. The organization partners with local laundromats and helps those who are homeless or struggling financially by doing their laundry for free. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, Justin Gavin, 21, who is homeless, leans against a dryer while getting his laundry done for free during a Laundry Love event in Huntington Beach, Calif. Laundry Love is a growing faith-driven movement that helps people change their lives by letting them change into clean clothes. The organization aims to give back in a simple yet innovative way by partnering with local laundromats and helping those who are homeless or struggling financially by doing their laundry for free. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, Justin Gavin, 21, who is homeless, leans against a dryer while getting his laundry done for free during a Laundry Love event in Huntington Beach, Calif. Laundry Love is a growing faith-driven movement that helps people change their lives by letting them change into clean clothes. The organization aims to give back in a simple yet innovative way by partnering with local laundromats and helping those who are homeless or struggling financially by doing their laundry for free. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, Vicki Bennett, a 50-year-old homeless woman who lives in her van, eats her dinner while waiting to do her laundry outside a laundromat during a Laundry Love event in Huntington Beach, Calif. Laundry Love is a growing faith-driven movement that helps people change their lives by letting them change into clean clothes. The organization partners with local laundromats and helps those who are homeless or struggling financially by doing their laundry for free. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, Vicki Bennett, a 50-year-old homeless woman who lives in her van, eats her dinner while waiting to do her laundry outside a laundromat during a Laundry Love event in Huntington Beach, Calif. Laundry Love is a growing faith-driven movement that helps people change their lives by letting them change into clean clothes. The organization partners with local laundromats and helps those who are homeless or struggling financially by doing their laundry for free. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)  (The Associated Press)

Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in her life: doing laundry.

Every month, Mitchell travelled to a local laundromat in Southern California to take advantage of Laundry Love, a growing faith-driven movement that helps people in need by washing their dirty clothes for free.

Volunteers befriend patrons and often find ways to help that go beyond free soap and quarters.

Experts say Laundry Love has grown because it's a simple way to give something necessary to people who don't have the means to do it themselves.

In 10 years, the movement has gone from a Christian church in Southern California to more than 100 locations across the country. It includes people from all faiths.