Newest ministry — creating sleeping mats for the homeless.

Video One:  A desperate Need

Video Two:  How to Create a Mat

This is Susan Pratt from Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Lecanto. We have undertaken a new ministry at the church inspired by Ginger West , executive director of The Family Resource Center in Hernando.

We are making sleeping mats for the homeless out of used plastic bags. This is a twice beneficial endeavor as we keep plastic bags out of environment and we provide a clean, dry, portable mat for sleeping bags.

Ginger has asked for tents as well, so we’re also raising funds to provide a tent with each mat. The process is called plarning – plastic yarn. Plastic bags are cut into plastic loops which are connected and rolled into balls of plarn. The plarn is then crocheted into 6 x 3 foot mats which are light weight and easily transported. Five have been presented to the Family Resource Center and 4 more are nearly done. We have weekly plarning “bees” where members choose one of the parts of the process – cutting , looping or crocheting.

Many hands make light work!

If you would like to know more, please contact Lynn Meyer who is the coordinator of the program at the church- and Ginger West at the Family Resource Center in Hernando who can explain how the mats and tents are distributed. 352-344-1001. We are in hopes that an article on this would encourage others to take on the project as well. You may certainly contact me as well. 516-639-9493.