Caring Hearts and Helping Hands

People helping 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 in the east parking lot (with the flag pole) and enter the side of the main building (near the Admin. Office Bldg.) at the door with the sign taped on it with further directions. Workshops are free. (There is no childcare provided. Children ages 8+ are welcome to participate with parental supervision.) Crochet skills are not required. 

Everyone can do something.

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.)

Wednesday, 11/7/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Saturday, 11/10/18, 1-3 p.m.​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 11/14/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 11/21/18: NO WORKSHOP

Wednesday, 11/28/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 12/5/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Saturday, 12/8/18, 1-3 p.m.​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 12/12/18, 10 am-noon​​​ (Main Bldg.)
PLEASE NOTE: This is the last workshop scheduled for 2018.



Wednesday, 1/9/2019, 10 am-noon (Main Bldg.)

Saturday, 1/12/2019, 1-3 p.m.​​​ (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 1/16/2019, 10 am-noon (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 1/23/2019, 10 am-noon (Main Bldg.)

Wednesday, 1/23/2019, 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 for more information" form to request additional information.

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Mats for the Homeless

Caring Hearts & Helping Hands
handing off the first sleeping mats

to Jesus Closet for delivery to
the homeless in Tyler, TX.
(April 2017)