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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. We need YOU! 

 Everyone can do something, 
 and even a little helps a LOT.   

All of our scheduled workshops are held in the Family Life Center of Southern Oaks Baptist Church (SOBC), across Amherst Dr. from the main SOBC building (600 E. Amherst Dr., Tyler, TX). Please enter the building from the west parking lot nearest to New Copeland Rd. To avoid the stairs, handicapped access is available at the north end of the parking lot and just around the NW corner of the building. You are invited to attend any and all of our FREE workshops. 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.

Generally, workshops are held based on the following schedule. Check actual dates to confirm.

  • Every Wednesday: 10 am-noon
  • Two Saturday's per month:10 am-2 pm  (*optional - bring a sack lunch) or 

*​Saturdays are "come and go" or "come stay the day".  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.

Don't forget WINTER is coming.   

We also accept the following items. You can drop them off at any of our workshops or at Jesus Closet under the portico at Faith Community Church, 17833 Hwy. 69 South, Tyler, TX. These items are always in need: 
Coats, Sweaters, Warm Socks, Thermal Wear (Long Johns), Gloves, Hats/Beanies, Scarves, Blankets, Tents, Men and Women's (clean) Warm Clothing, Shoes, Boots, Rain Gear. Please help us keep them warm and dry this winter. 

Our current SOCK IT TO ME drive runs through Nov. 20th. Our goal is to collect 500 pairs of socks for our homeless friends. 

Current  Scheduled Workshops:



  • Wednesday's:
    October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    10 am-noon 
  • Saturday's: 
    October 12, 26
    10 am-2 pm  (*sack lunch)


  • Wednesday's:
    November 6, 13, 20
    10 am-noon
  • Nov 20 ends our current sock drive. On this day we will have a final count and celebrate with a Prayer of Blessing and Thanks for all of our volunteers, for all who donated during this drive, and for the ministries who work tirelessly through the year helping those in need.  We normally end our Wednesday workshops at noon but we will continue this workshop until 2 pm for those who want to stay and learn the process of making sleeping mats from plastic bags.  Light refreshments will be provided. 
  • (No workshop November 27th due to Thanksgiving week) 
  • Saturday's: 
    November 9, 23
    10 am-2 pm  (*sack lunch)


  • Wednesday's:
    December 4, 11 only
    10 am-noon 
  • Saturday’s:
    December 7 only
    10 am-2 pm  (*sack lunch)


December 11th is our last workshop for 2019 to allow our volunteers to spend time with their families. We will resume workshops in January, 2020. Please check back for dates/times.  Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  

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 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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