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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! There is NOTHING we do during a workshop (other than social interraction) that you can't do at home.  For directions, send a note in the box at the bottom of this page and include your email address. We can send you detailed information via email since you can't attend a workshop at this time. (Note: We have also cancelled all speaking engagements and external classes due to the virus.)

UPDATE!
PLEASE SEE UPDATES TO OUR CURRENT 2020 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (below).
CHECK OFTEN. ALL IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DURING THIS PANDEMIC.

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

(Check back often for updates to this page.)

To accommodate our volunteers who have been faithfully working from home during this pandemic, you may contact me by texting to (903)590-0582 to schedule a drop off or pick up of supplies/materials.Be sure to include your name, phone number and how I can assist you. You may want to drop off a mat that you've completed, or drop off "plarn" you've been cutting, or pick up more "plarn" to crochet (or knit) another mat bundle. I will bring you a bag of bags if you need more to cut into plarn and will continue to do this for your convenience.  We are a "Work at Home Opportunity" for now.

 Current 2020 Workshops

DUE TO THE COVID19 VIRUS AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THE WEARING OF FACE MASKS, WE ARE NOT HAVING ANY MORE WORKSHOPS IN 2020 FOR GATHERING TOGETHER TO PREP BAGS OR CROCHET SLEEPING MATS AS A GROUP. 

Our volunteers are capable of doing both of these tasks from home and many have been so faithful to continue doing this. So far it has not slowed down the number of mats being delivered. It is our strong desire to continue to help the homeless as well as keep our Volunteers safe..

WE WILL MAKE THE DECISION AT THE END OF THE YEAR AS TO WHETHER OR NOT TO RESUME WORKSHOPS IN 2021BUT FOR NOW THAT DECISION IS ON HOLD.  WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING BAGS AT THIS TIME. Please check back here for updates. God bless you and God bless our faithful Volunteers.

For more information, please contact 

  • Ferna Mills(903)590-0582or
  • 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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