Season of giving comes to Kent Co. laundromat

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s the time of year when acts of genuine humanity seem to take on a special meaning, even in as unlikely a place as a laundromat.

Pamela Wierda has worked Saturdays at Bubble Magic Laundry in the 3200 block of South Division Avenue in Godwin Heights for 16 years. One night, she saw a woman she had never seen before walk through the doors.

“She came in this morning and she just looked like she had a lot on her mind,” said Wierda. “She came in with 12 bags of laundry.”

She said she sensed the woman needed to talk.

“She was like ‘oh girl, how much time you got? I’ve got a lot on my plate, my daughter’s in a situation and I just got these grandkids in my home, five mouths to feed, I’m retired,’ and I’m like ‘let me know how I can help,’” Wierda said.

The children – a 12-year-old boy and girls ages 9, 13, 14 and 15 – had a mother who was homeless and unable to care for them.

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