Birmingham church donates washer & dryer to middle school

Birmingham church donates washer & dryer to middle school
Gifts from an area church for Jones Valley Middle. (Source: WBRC video) (WBRC Staff)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Some students are forced to go to school in dirty clothes, but one Birmingham church wants to make sure that doesn’t happen at one school.

On Wednesday, members of the South Park Baptist Church dropped off a new washer and dryer along with detergent at Jones Valley Middle School.

“It makes us feel great. The Lord said ‘look out for one another’ and that is what we choose to do. Look out for one another. This school and another school later on. Thank you Jesus,” said Anita Sellers, wife of the pastor at South Park Baptist.

The pastor of the church says they learned the school could use the machines to help some students clean their clothes.

“We found there was a need for the washer and dryer here at the school to help with some of the personal hygiene of some of the students,” said Pastor Donald Sellers.

Jones Valley Middle School Principal Milton Hopkins said he has been working for three years to find partners to help the school with various needs.

“It can make a big difference. Self-esteem is really important in the middle school level. Especially it’s important to our children feel good about who they are,” said Principal Milton Hopkins.

School employees who work with the community believe clean clothes can be critical to a child’s learning and success in school.

“Children often make fun of them. They have low self esteem and one of our goals is to make children feel important because they are. They have a purpose and a plan,” said Regina Ward at Jones Valley Middle School.

Another bit of good news for the school: The washer and dryer will be used by the football and basketball teams.

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