WATERLOO – Once again. Chuck Hinkle has come to the aid of Waterloo’s hungry children. From Nov. 15 through Dec. 31, a portion of the fees for washing and folding service at his Virginia Street Laundry Depot will be donated to Trevor’s Gift backpack program.
Last year, the backpack program received nearly $1,000, thanks to Hinkle and Laundry Depot customers. Trevor’s Gift is one of six community organizations to benefit from Hinkle’s community service program. Others are Beverly Animal Shelter, Pathway Home, and Waterloo lacrosse, youth football and cheerleaders. In addition, Hinkle washes cheerleader and football uniforms at a reduced price during the season.
“We are grateful for Chuck’s generosity for the past three years,” said Doris Wolf, Trevor’s Gift co-chair. “Our program relies on people, businesses and organization to help us serve 165 hungry kids in Waterloo every week.”
Trevor’s Gift puts bags of food in the backpacks of nutritionally needy kids so they can have food over the weekend when they don’t have access to school cafeterias., It also shares food with the Waterloo Library for its afterschool snack program. It is estimated that 1 in 6 kids in Waterloo are nutritionally needy. When kids have better nutrition, they are better able to focus, earn better grades, are healthier and have better attendance in school.
Hinkle said he realizes his business is an essential service for the low- to moderate-income people who are his customers. He said he feels it is his duty to give back to those who have helped his business grow.
In the 2 ½ years Hinkle has owned the Laundry Depot, he’s invested $120,000 in equipment, repaving the parking lot, installing new furnaces, dryers and washers cleaning the building and repainting. “It’s been a busy year,” he said,
Employee Vickie Van Horn said she appreciates the way Hinkle treats his employees
“Chuck is a really great boss,” she said. “He’s outgoing, understanding when I need time for my 6-year-old son and 10-year-old stepdaughter. He appreciates his employees and the work they do.”
While helping his Waterloo business grow, Hinkle has opened a new Laundry Depot in Rochester and is looking for additional sites. “Laundry Depot has become a brand,” he said proudly. “I like to think it’s because of what we’ve done for the community.”