FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Brisben Center is among 42 schools and non-profit organizations receiving grants totaling more than $375,000 from the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.

The grants were awarded when the Redskins played the Cowboys at FedExField last Sunday, and will be used to open Loads of Love Laundry Centers to serve children in communities stretching across nine school districts from Prince George’s County, Md., to Roanoke. They will impact more than 12,400 children each year.

Loads of Love was launched in 2017 in partnership with Redskins Long Snapper Nick Sundberg and his wife, Flor. The program installs laundry facilities in schools and non-profit organizations to directly impact children experiencing homelessness or unstable living situations.

The goal is to remove a barrier for attendance and participation in programs and sports by providing them with a discreet solution to the challenge of having clean clothes, at no cost to them or their families. Studies have shown that placing washers and dryers in schools and offering laundry services to students can help boost attendance rates, class participation and interest in extra-curricular activities.

“As part of the Foundation’s mission to make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of children in our community, we are committed to the notion that having clean clothes should never be a barrier to attending school and learning,” said Jane Rodgers, executive director of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation in a news release. “These 42 programs that will receive funding are just the tip of the iceberg. The Loads of Love program has the potential to provide an essential service to the more than 1,000 Title 1 schools that are eligible in our market area with students who face these challenges every day.”

Representatives from each awarded site will attend a kick-off meeting hosted at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park on Oct. 30 to provide sites with resources and tools to successfully implement the program, including LOL starter kits that will include laundry bags, detergent, dryer sheets and a LOL logo decal for each of their centers.

Funding for the second cycle of donations will open on Monday, March 18, 2019. More information on how to apply will be available at redskins.com/community/loads-of-love.

Those interested in supporting the expansion of the LOL Program can donate to the Redskins Charitable Foundation at redskins.com/donate and designate Loads of Love Program in the remarks. All donations are tax deductible.

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Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407

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