Illinois 8th-Grader Raises $1,000 For A “Free Wash Day” In Her Community

April 9, 2018  |  


Are you wearing clean clothes today? That may sound like a weird question if you’re someone who washes their clothes regularly. But what may be a common thing for you might be a luxury for someone else. So, an eighth grader not only recognized this might be the case for some students, but she decided to do something about it.

Meet Jayera Griffin, an eighth grader from Riverdale, Illinois. Initially reported by WGN, this young girl told the news outlet that as she was tutoring younger students at school, she noticed that their clothes weren’t as clean as they could be. So, she raised about $1,000 to host a “free wash day” at the local laundromat in her community on Thursday. How beautiful!

“I would see that their clothes weren’t as clean as they could be,” she said. “So I thought they would focus more on what people would think about them and that it would lower their self-esteem. And they wouldn’t focus on their education. While washing their clothes, they’ll get a higher self-esteem because they won’t be worried about what other people say about them.”

And she’s right. For those of you with children currently in school, you know how brutal kids can be. Wearing dirty clothes could subject them to a lot of ridicule, resulting in poor performance at school. Yes, these things are linked, and it’s quite amazing that Griffin understands that.

So, she hit the ground fundraising, and the township and local school board not only supported her but donated to her cause.

According to her father, Michael Griffin, his daughter has always had a heart to give, and it’s something that he and his partner have tried to instill in her since she was little.

“We raised her to be like this, where she knows to give and help out other people. A lot of people don’t have the things that we have and don’t have the luck we have. I’m very proud of her,” her father said.

The community showed up for the free wash day, and from what we can tell, they were all very thankful. Keochia Alexander, a mother of two, expressed her gratitude, even admitting that Griffin saw something that she as a parent couldn’t see.

“I’m glad she is seeing something that maybe we adults don’t see at times. Maybe our kids’ clothes should be a little bit cleaner. I really appreciate her for raising the money,” she said.

Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blogFollow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford

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