|Here's a project for you and the family to help with homeless supplies. As you know, plastic shopping bags -Walmart, Publix, Winn Dixie, DollarGeneral), Dinner take out (you know you have some) – can be recycled. The Faith in Action Team is taking a different approach to recycling and making mats for the homeless using the bags. You may have seen these online and considered it, but as it takes ~5 to 700 bags per mat, it’s a lot of work collecting, cutting, prepping, rolling and of course crochet together. Now from the comfort of your couch, you can help with any or all of the steps! We’ll take them at ANY point.
For quick reference, here's a video on how to make a PLARN Bed Roll. Here's a more detailed description of the steps:
1.Cut tops and bottoms of bags (those pieces can still be dropped at your bag collection for recycling-to the best of my knowledge they're all melted down anyway)
2.Cut the bags in ~1" horizontal strips
4.Roll them in a ball
I find the most work is through step 3- so if you can do that we’re almost done!
The sleeping mats are especially useful now as the Brevard Homeless Coalition and volunteers are bringing food and supplies direct to the encampments, these will be a welcome addition!
We're planning to work on them through year-end, and will revisit the need and resources then, so you've months to help out!
Faith in Action as a committee for the BHC is a 501c3 org (EIN 47-1533071). This would be a good safe way to get those community service hours in!
Again, we’ll take them at any step! Contact Terry Quinlivan at [email protected] to drop of donations/projects at any points of the process.