The Mat Making group began making plastic bag mats in June 2011. It takes about 500-700 plastic bags and more than 35 hours to make one mat. The mats are 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. They are waterproof and feature a handle for easy carrying.
The women cut the plastic bags into strips and tie them together to form a chain. Then they roll the plastic chain into a ball and crochet the mats with this plastic yarn "plarn". It truly is a labor of love!
We are always looking for ways to help others and felt this would provide something for the homeless to put down on the ground if it’s cold and give them a layer that makes them more comfortable.
We've sent over 830 mats to areas in need as of March 2020. They've been delivered to Troy, Sidney, Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Greenville and one even went to India with a missionary (see picture below).
There are people in the community also helping with this outreach project. Another great way of doing God’s work with our hands!
If you have never come to one of the Mat Making Days—please come and see! It’s a fun time of making mats for the homeless. There are lots of stories, laughs and work being done!
The group normally meets the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 - 11:00 am in the church basement (except for holiday weekends). Come join us!