Not many dry cleaners are willing to wash, dry and fold a building-sized American flag every year, let alone do it for free.

But the workers at Aloha Dry Cleaners and Alterations consider cleaning Delray Beach’s 80-foot by 60-foot nylon flag—the one flown from a crane during the annual Fourth of July celebration on the beach—as part of their civic duty.

“We do it because it feels good,” said Nancy Barbalaco, who started the business with her husband and now runs the shop with her two daughters and son.

As a way to give back to the community, Aloha on Federal Highway in downtown Delray Beach also dry cleans—for free—Santa Clause suits worn in local parades, uniforms of U.S. Navy cadets training near West Palm Beach, teddy bears brought in by customers, and table clothes for the Delray Beach Library and Playhouse.

 
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