Plastic bags transformed into sleeping mats for the homeless

A local group of volunteers reuse plastic bags and turn them into sleeping mats for the homeless

TYLER - A group of volunteers working out of Southern Oaks Baptist Church have turned plastic bags into sleeping mats.

Theyre better known as Bags of Love.

“There’s a mat with a pillow inside and a carry strap that will hold the bundle,” Ferna Mills, organizer, said.

The bundles on average take several hours to be sewn together.

“We have a lot of ladies here, wonderful ladies working really hard to do this, but even at that [rate] we can only do about 30 a year because it takes about 80 hours of bag prep and crochet,” Mills said.

The group has made 25 bundles so far and are working toward a goal of 400-500. But they can’t do it alone.

“We’re trying to reach out to the community to try to get more groups started in more places and get more hands, more caring hearts more helping hands,” she said.

The group will be hosting a community-hands on workshop Dec. 2 to accomplish their goal.

The event will be taking place from 1-3 p.m. at the Southern Oaks Baptist Church’s Family Life Center.

Mills says she has one mission in mind.

“To make sure that every homeless person we can reach, if they want one, they need one, they got one," she said. 

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