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Caring Hearts and Helping Hands

People helping people.  

You don't need a reason to help people.

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. They can also prevent life-threatening bed sores. 

It takes a community to help the homeless. Please join us and help us provide sleeping mats for the homeless in our community.  There is never a shortage of need, but a great shortage of caring hearts and helping hands. You are welcome to attend any or all of our free workshops listed below. We need YOU. 

Current workshop schedule

All of these Workshops are held at Southern Oaks Baptist Church, 601 E. Amherst Dr., Tyler, TX 75701 on the dates/times listed below. Unless specified otherwise, park on the east side of the main church building (near the Admin. Office Bldg.) and enter the door with the sign posted on it with further directions. Workshops are free. There is no childcare provided. Children ages 8+ are welcome to participate with parental supervision. Adults any age are welcome. Crochet skills are not required. 

Everyone can do something.


Wednesday, 7/25/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Saturday, 7/28/18, 10 am-3 pm, A special "Flatten, Fold and Cut" Work Day. Please help us process the 1000's of bags we have on hand in order to crochet many more mats. Bring a sack lunchWork Day will be held at the SOBC Family Life Center across the street from the church.  (NOTE: Enter from the east side parking lot (nearest the tennis courts). Handicapped access on the north side of the building. 

Wednesday, 7/25/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 8/1/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (MainBldg.)

Wednesday, 8/8/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Saturday, 8/11/18, 1-3 pm​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 8/15/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 8/22/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Saturday, 8/25/18, 10 am-3 pm, A special "Flatten, Fold and Cut" Work Day. Please help us process the 1000's of bags we have on hand in order to crochet many more mats. Bring a sack lunchWork Day will be held at the SOBC Family Life Center across the street from the church.  (NOTE: Enter from the east side parking lot (nearest the tennis courts). Handicapped access on the north side of the building. 

Wednesday, 8/29/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 9/5/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Saturday, 9/8/18, 1-3 pm​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 9/12/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 9/19/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Saturday, 9/22/18, 10 am-3 pm, A special "Flatten, Fold and Cut" Work Day. Please help us process the 1000's of bags we have on hand in order to crochet many more mats. Bring a sack lunchWork Day will be held at the SOBC Family Life Center across the street from the church.  (NOTE: Enter from the east side parking lot (nearest the tennis courts). Handicapped access on the north side of the building. 

Wednesday, 9/26/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 10/3/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 10/10/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

.​Saturday, 10/13/18, 1-3 p.m.​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 10/17/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)Wednesday, 10/24/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Saturday, 10/27/18, 10 am-3 pm, A special "Flatten, Fold and Cut" Work Day. Please help us process the 1000's of bags we have on hand in order to crochet many more mats. Bring a sack lunchWork Day will be held at the SOBC Family Life Center across the street from the church.  (NOTE: Enter from the east side parking lot (nearest the tennis courts). Handicapped access on the north side of the building. 

Wednesday, 10/31/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

For more information, please contact 

  • Ferna Mills, (903)590-0582, or
  • SOBC Office (903)561-8025, or
  • Use the "Send Email" form to request additional information.

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