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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 on the following schedule. Check actual dates to confirm. (The times for all workshops are 10 am to 2 pm. You can come and go depending on the time you are available to attend, or you can come and stay the day.  If you choose to stay, please bring yourself a sack lunch or a snack.) We encourage you to come and stay, get acquainted with other like-minded volunters with the same goals and caring hearts as you.  We need YOUR helping hands. 

  • Every Wednesday
  • The 2nd and 4th Saturday each month 

*See our *CURRENT 2020 WORKSHOPS listed below which gives workshop dates for each month. (Check back often for this list is maintained for current changes, additions and deletions.)


Don't forget W I N T E R is HERE.  

We also accept the following items. You can drop them off at any of our workshops in the Family Life Center, 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, gently used or new) Warm Clothing, Shoes, Boots, Rain Gear. Please help us keep them warm and dry this winter. 

Our recent SOCK IT TO ME drive ran from Sept. 4th through Nov. 30th. Our goal was to collect 500 pairs of socks for our homeless friends. We received 830 PAIR! Thank you so much to all who donated! We still accept socks any time during the year as they are the items most requested.


*Current 2020 Workshops:
  

JANUARY:
All workshops meet 10 am-2 pm.
Come stay the day, or come and go
if your time is limited. If you stay
the day, you may bring a sack lunch.
 
​Wednesday's:
January 8, 15, 22, 29
(No workshop January 1)

Saturday’s:
January 11, 25


FEBRUARY:
All workshops meet 10 am-2 pm.  
C
ome stay the day, or come and go
if your time is limited. If you stay
the day, you may bring a sack lunch.

​Wednesday's:
February 5, 12, 19, 26

Saturday’s:
February 8, 22


MARCH:
All workshops meet 10 am-2 pm.  
C
ome stay the day, or come and go
if your time is limited. If you stay
the day, you may bring a sack lunch.

​Wednesday's:
March 4,18 and 25
(No workshop March 11
due to Spring Break)

Saturday’s:
March 28 only

(No workshop March 14
due to Spring Break)


APRIL:
All workshops meet 10 am-2 pm.
Come stay the day, or come and go
if your time is limited. If you stay
the day, you may bring a sack lunch.
 
​Wednesday's:
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
 
Saturday’s:
April 25 only

(No workshop April 11th 
due to Easter weekend)
 

MAY:
All workshops meet 10 am-2 pm.  
C
ome stay the day, or come and go
if your time is limited. If you stay
the day, you may bring a sack lunch.

​Wednesday's:
May 6, 13, 20
(No workshop May 27th
due to end of school and
graduation activities)

Saturday’s:
May 9 only

(No workshop May 23rd
due to end of school, graduation
activities, and Memorial Day

weekend.)


Summer / Fall Schedule 
To Be Posted Later


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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