Club helps homeless with recycled bags

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NEWBERRY — Members of Newberry’s Heirloom Needle Arts Club are at it again: They are recycling plastic shopping bags into mats for the homeless.

They knew they had a project after being shown a mat at the district meeting and learning of the many uses for the mats and the opportunity to recycle shopping bags that would have been tossed into landfills.

The ladies united their efforts to help the environment and the homeless in Newberry. Each mat takes approximately 750 bags to make. The bags must be smoothed and folded for cutting then measured so they can be cut into two-inch strips and hooked together to make large balls.

After being prepared into balls, they are crocheted into a mat that is three feet wide and six feet long with a crocheted string to tie the mat into a roll to put under a sleeping bag or bed roll. The color scheme is random depending upon the advertising on each bag. They make a colorful and useful way to improve Newberry and help the people that have a real need for such items.

The Heirloom Needle Arts Club met with Newberry Sheriff Lee Foster at the July meeting. Foster accepted a sleeping mat the club had made.


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