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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 if you can't attend a workshop at this time.

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

***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!

(Check back often for this page is maintained regularly for changes, additions and deletions.)


To accommodate our volunteers who have been faithfully working from home during this pandemic, you may contact me by leaving a message at (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 through the summer for your convenience.  We are a "Work at Home Opportunity" for the summertime.

We aren't finished! We are merely working from home, while doing our part to SAVE LIVES.

* If you wish to volunteer and need instructions, please send an email request in the space provided at the bottom right side of this page.* (We are NOT accepting bags at this time as we have an over abundance of them, Check back regularly for updates to our schedule.)

  Current 2020 Workshops

 UPDATE: JULY AND AUGUST     
  ALL WORKSHOPS ARE   CANCELLED FOR NOW.
  WE ARE TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED TO RESUME AGAIN
  ON SEPT. 3RD, 2020  PENDING THE COVID19 STATUS.
  CHECK HERE OFTEN FOR UPDATES.

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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