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Plastic Bag Sleeping Mats for the Homeless



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.  You are welcome to attend any or all of our free workshops listed below.  We need YOU.

Current Workshop Schedule

NEW LOCATION: All workshops will be held in the Family Life Center of Southern Oaks Baptist Church (SOBC), across Amherst Dr. from the main SOBC building. Please enter the building from the west parking lot nearest to N. Copeland Rd. To avoid the stairs, handicapped access is available at the north end of the parking lot and just around the corner of the building. You are invited to attend any and all  or our workshops. There is no charge. 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.

Everyone can do something.


Generally, workshops in 2019 will be held on the following days and times each month:

  •   Every Wednesday: 10 am-noon
  •   Friday (once/month only): 10 am-2 pm (*bring a sack lunch)
  •   Saturday (twice/monthly)10 am-2 pm  (*bring a sack lunch)

*​Friday and Saturdays are "come and go" or "come and stay".  Bring a sack lunch if you plan on staying the full time. We encourage you to come and stay, get acquainted with the other volunteers. It's amazing to gather together for the same goal with like-hearted individuals. We need your helping hands.


  •   Wednesday's:
      Feb.6,13, 20, 27
      10 am-noon (FLC)

  •   Friday:
      Feb. 15 only
      10 am-2 pm (FLC) (sack lunch)

  •   Saturday's: 
     Feb. 9 has been cancelled due to inclement weather. 
     We apologize for any inconvenience.
     The next open Saturday workshop will be Feb. 23rd

         Feb. 23
         10 am-2 pm (FLC) (sack lunch)


  •   Wednesday's:
      March 6,13, 20, 27
      10 am-noon (FLC)

  •   Friday:
      March 15 only
      10 am-2 pm (FLC) (sack lunch)

  •   Saturday's: 
      March 9, 23
      10 am-2 pm (FLC) (sack lunch)

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

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