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Turning plastic into sleeping mats - ProSoft Helping Hands (May)

This was our first service project of our ProSoft Helping Hands initiative. Our goal is to participate in a service project at least once a month. For May, we decided to collect plastic grocery bags to help make plarn (plastic yarn) sleeping mats with Stitching Hearts Worldwide. This organization makes plarn sleeping mats, pillows, quilts, backpacks, and more for refugees in foreign countries and homeless persons in our community!

We folded around 4,000 bags prior to the service day and collected hundreds more that we donated with the folded bags.

We worked with Krysti's team to cut, tie, and weave the plarn into sleeping mats! It takes around 300 - 400 bags to make one mat.

The weaving process, when done with two people, takes around two hours.

The end result is a beautiful sleeping mat! They're lightweight, easy to clean, and comfortable! Ethyn got a good nap.

It was a pleasure working with Stitching Hearts Worldwide! This was such a fun, easy s…
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