CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Mark Genda is the owner of Genda Funeral home. He's made the decision to now start providing dry cleaning services.
"The basic idea here is we have no facilities here in Frankfort to get this done,” said Genda.
The decision came shortly after Frankfort Cleaners, the only dry cleaners in the city, closed in March.
"For us funeral directors and other people with suits and shirts and laundry and things we were having to travel out of town to get that done,” said Genda.
The funeral home has partnered with Royal Cleaners in Lebanon.
"I contacted the cleaners that I'd been using down in Lebanon, Royal Cleaners, and said what do you think about that idea,” said Genda. “We talked a little bit and a few conversations later we came up with a very simplistic approach on how to try this new idea."
That's when dry cleaning drop off was born. Now people don't have to travel far for dry cleaning services.
It's a self-service operation. You call Genda Funeral Home to set up your account. Then you come in here and fill out your note pad describing what you'd like done to your clothes. Then all you have to do is place your clothing in a basket.
While the funeral home is providing a convenient service for the community, they're also giving back.
"Ten percent of the gross billings every month we as Genda Funeral Home select a charity to give that ten percent of the proceeds to,” said Genda.
Customers can drop off their clothing Monday and get it back Thursday or vice versa. Genda said this will benefit people in more ways than one.
"I think people are kind of like scratching their heads a little bit going, "Ok, Genda what are you doing?" It is what it is,” said Genda. “Dry cleaning for all and proceeds back to organizations here in Clinton County."
Genda Funeral Home has only offered dry cleaning services for 2 weeks now.
They hope to continue offering the services and donating to charities.
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