JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A vacuum cleaner drowns out the silence as Kara Anderson makes her way across the room.
The steady roar is the sound of help and hope for families dealing with serious illness.
"To kind of let them focus on their family and we'll focus on the housework," Anderson explains.
Cleaning With A Meaning is a national non-profit network of cleaning companies founded in Jacksonville by Anderson.
She got the idea while battling breast cancer, right after starting her own cleaning company.
"I was sitting in a chemo chair and saw another mother daughter sitting across and I thought, 'I don't know how they do it,'" Anderson recalled.
So far, Cleaning With A Meaning hase helped about 70 families on the First Coast through, and dozens more nationally.
"That's how it works across the country: we have a family in need, we seek out a company to volunteer their services."
Anderson's company, Maids on the Run, still pays the employees for their time, but to the family, dealing with things like chemo, radiation, or long hospital stays, the service is free.
"When we get a request, at the bottom of every request it usually says, 'I just need a break', 'I can't do it all,'" she explained. "They pull at your heartstrings, so how can you say no?"
Now in remission, Anderson loves giving her time to fold a few shirts and wash a few dishes when it means helping other families.
To apply for Cleaning With A Meaning services or donate the services of your cleaning company, click here.
First Coast News