Donations collected as college students depart campus will benefit newly housed neighbors via Household Goods

For the third year in a row, the amazing team at Crown Uniform & Linen Service came through in a big way to help LSC Boston partner organization Household Goods.

Every year for the past 14 years Household Goods has worked with Boston College to pick up household items donated by students who are graduating or departing for the summer. These items, such as microwaves, lamps, coffee makers, vacuums, etc., are a great resource for Household Goods to subsequently provide to their clients, who are rebuilding their lives after experiencing domestic violence, major illness, addiction, homelessness, fire, job loss, or natural disaster.

While laundering the collected linens had long been an operational challenge for Household Goods, the restrictions and guidelines required in the pandemic pushed Household Goods to reach out to Life Science Cares for help. We were thrilled to activate our Network of Good and partnered with Crown through our friends at MassBio. Beginning in June 2021 and every June since, Crown Co-President George Spilios and Director of Plant Operations Joe Mulvey have stepped in to help.

After volunteers sorted through hundreds of bags full of donated items to separate out bed sheets, Driver Johnny Dossantos picked up the 1,600 pounds of bed sheets, brought them to the company’s Brockton facility to be washed, dried and folded, and delivered the clean sheets to Household Goods’ center in Acton. The sheets are a hot commodity as Household Goods helps people in need make a home.

“We are so grateful for the professionally laundered linens Crown Linen Service generously transformed from the hundreds of bags of sheets and towels our volunteers collected from Boston College students moving out of their dorms. Everyone loves fresh sheets, and no-one could appreciate them more than people who have been living without any bedding!” said Sharon Martens, Executive Director at Household Goods.

“We are thrilled to partner for a third year in a row with Life Science Cares in support of Household Goods. It’s these kinds of partnerships and initiatives that benefit our communities and those less fortunate.  It’s been a pleasure to provide laundry resources to support clients of Household Goods and we look forward to doing it again next year,” Spilios said.

Crown Uniform and Linen Service is a family owned and operated uniform and linen business that has been dedicated to serving New England for over 100 years.