Victor Magdaleno was more than surprised when a wall of people wearing orange T-shirts descended on him and offered to do his laundry.
The 17-year-old went to Clearwater Coin Laundry in Kennewick with 15-year-old Travis Harden on Friday night and was shocked when members of Garden Christian Assembly took his dirty clothes and began loading them into washers.
"I didn't know what was going on," he said. "I thought they were a softball team (in uniform)."
Seventeen church members filled the laundry at 4827 Clearwater Ave., and dozens more filled other laundry facilities across the Tri-Cities. Church members said it was their way of helping people out in the community.
"It just seems very practical," said church member Misty Selman. "Everyone needs to do laundry."
In addition to $3,000 worth of quarters, members of the church's Serve U Outreach team had enough detergent and dryer sheets to do 700 loads of laundry. Selman said all the materials came from church member donations.
Younger church members, when not enraptured by the arcade games at one end of the facility, went around and offered cookies and bottled water.
Adolfo Trujillo and his wife, Mara Martinez, were surprised when they showed up to do laundry and others asked if they could do it for them and bring it in from their car.
Trujillo said, through Beverly Martinson, a church member and translator, the offering did give him an unexpected chance to relax after working all day.
Selman said many people, when first approached, were a little surprised but were otherwise grateful for the help.
Magdaleno, standing to the side sipping water and eating a cookie, agreed.
"It's pretty cool, actually," he said.