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UPDATE!
*** DUE TO THE COVID19 PANDEMIC AND SAFETY FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS,
ALL OF OUR REMAINING WORKSHOPS THROUGH JUNE 4TH HAVE BEEN CANCELLED *** 

We encourage our Volunteers to work from home if possible to prevent the spread of this virus as encouraged by Health Department.
 For future updates, please check back to this webpage or see our 
Facebook Page:  @caringhelping

Please *STAY SAFE, *STAY INFORMED, *FOLLOW ALL HEALTH PRECAUTIONS.
IN THE MEANTIME, REMEMBER:  We are a "work from home" opportunity!

*PLEASE SCROLL DOWN for additional notes and to view changes or additions to our schedule under *CURRENT 2020 WORKSHOPS which gives workshop dates for each month. (Check back often for this page is maintained for updated changes, additions and deletions.) ALL SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  Our Summer Workshops will depend on the status of the COVID19 Virus and local health regulations.

 

WHO WE ARE and WHAT WE DO
We make Plastic Bag Sleeping Mats by repurposing clean, used plastic bags to help the homeless.  The mats are cushioned and serve as a moisture and temperature barrier from the ground.  They are portable, durable, and a deterrent to bed bugs, and they can also prevent life-threatening bed sores.  It takes a community to help the homeless. Please join us and help the homeless in our community.  There is never a shortage of need, but a great shortage of caring hearts and helping hands. We need YOU! 

All of our scheduled workshops are held in the Family Life Center of Southern Oaks Baptist Church (SOBC), across Amherst Dr. from the main SOBC building (600 E. Amherst Dr., Tyler, TX). Please enter the building from the west parking lot nearest to New Copeland Rd. To avoid the stairs, handicapped access is available at the north end of the parking lot and just around the NW corner of the building. You are invited to attend any and all of our FREE workshops. Crochet skills are not required, but training is provided during some of the workshops if you want to learn this skill. No childcare service is provided. Older children are welcome to participate with parental supervision.

**Generally, workshops are held on the following schedule. Check actual dates to confirm. (The times for all workshops are 10 am to 2 pm. You can come and go depending on the time you are available to attend, or you can come and stay the day.  If you choose to stay, please bring yourself a sack lunch or a snack.) We encourage you to come and stay, get acquainted with other like-minded volunters with the same goals and caring hearts as you.  We need YOUR helping hands. 

  • Every Wednesday
  • The 2nd and 4th Saturday each month 

*Current Workshops:
UPDATE:  All workshops THROUGH JUNE 4th are cancelled due to COVID19.
(We aren't finished. We are merely working from home, while doing our part to SAVE LIVES.)

* If you are a volunteer and need to drop off a completed mat, or need additional supplies to help you work from home, please text 903.590.0582 to schedule a time and location.

* Please note that 6' social distancing will be observed as well as masks must be worn during any pickups or drop offs. (We are NOT accepting bags at this time as we have an over abundance of them and our workshops are closed through June 4th. Check back regularly for updates to our schedule.)


MAY WORKSHOPS:
(CANCELLED)


NO WORKSHOPS
THROUGH JUNE 4TH


Summer / Fall Schedule (June - December)
To Be Announced 


For more information, please contact 

  • Ferna Mills, (903)590-0582, or
  • Southern Oaks Baptist Church Office (903)561-8025, or
  • Use the "Send for more information" form below to request additional information.
 

    

Caring Hearts & Helping Hands handing off our first sleeping mats to Jesus Closet for delivery to area homeless.
(April 2017)

 

Before mats are sent out for delivery, the mats are prayed over by some of our volunteers.
Mats are delivered to Jesus Closet, the Salvation Army, and Highway 80 Rescue Mission in Tyler.
(March 2019)

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