Charities Receive a Boost with O’Reilly Challenge Grant, Innovative Local Business

Todd & Stephanie Edwards, Lenice Dent and Caleb Matlock, owners of Lloyds Cleaners and Mr. Dry Cleaners, partnered with three local charities to create an avenue to support the community and handle a household task at the same time. Lloyds Cleaners and Mr. Dry Cleaners contribute 10% of a customer’s bill automatically to their choice of these three organizations simply by doing their laundry. At a press conference in November, community leader Mary Beth O’Reilly issued a challenge to the charities. The charity placing the most dry cleaning bags in the hands of their supporters would receive $500 in addition to the ongoing support from Lloyd’s Cleaners and Mr. Dry Cleaners.

Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks won the challenge grant, but Lost & Found Grief Center and Isabel’s House felt the advantage of the program as well. “Any time a business creates another avenue for donors to support local non-profits, everyone wins,” stated Dr. Karen Scott, Executive Director of Lost & Found Grief Center. “Todd, Lenice and Caleb have made giving easy for dry cleaning customers and have helped all three non-profits through the donations we are receiving. We are deeply grateful for this wonderful partnership.”

The “Care for Your Community, Care for Your Clothes Campaign” proceeds benefit Lost & Found Grief Center, Isabel’s House and Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. “As the season changes and people are cleaning out closets, there isn’t a better time to remind our community how they can easily support these worthwhile causes,” Edwards said. “Over 750 bags have been placed with our customers on behalf of the three charities. This will create a steady stream of income for the charities for many years to come