Alliance Laundry Systems LLC delivered two big boxes to both Barlow Park/Journey and Murray Park/Quest elementary schools last week Wednesday morning.

   Once opened, the boxes revealed a top-of-the-line washers and dryers. The retail values for the machines are $899 for the topload washer and $849 for the matching dryer, which is $1,748 for each school and a total donation of $3,496.

   The machines were donated to each school after learning about a need that hit close to home.

   “We’ve got some really big hearts over at Alliance and one of our team members approached me and said, ‘Hey, we really want to be supportive of the nonprofits, of the different things going on; do you know of anyone that could use some washers and dryers?,” said Betsy Heffernan, Alliance’s communications manager. “And I said, ‘Let me make a couple of calls’ ... So I put in a call to Dr. [Superintendent Mary] Whitrock; ‘Could you use these?’ And she said, ‘Absolutely.’”

   Heffernan added Whitrock explained to her the need for the machines, noting both Barlow Park/Journey and Murray Park/Quest’s washers and dryers were old and in rough shape.

   Two company employees, Jason Walsh and Chris Meeker, volunteered to deliver the machines that morning, noting their desire stemmed from having kids in the school district and wanting to give back.

   “Having four kids that already went through the elementary schools here, it doesn’t surprise me that they needed a washer and dryer, so if you’re going to get one, you might as well get the best,” Meeker said.

   See more photos in the July 18, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.