Sleeping MAT-ters

But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Psalm 3:2-6

You can help homeless people AND benefit the environment at the same time by collecting plastic grocery/store bags and making them into sleeping mats. The mat provides a soft place to lay their head and help keep plastic bags out of the oceans and landfills. Each 6-foot by 3-foot mat is made with an estimated 700 recycled plastic grocery bags. They are lightweight, waterproof, keep bugs away and make ground sleeping a little more comfortable.

BE A COLLECTOR: Collect clean plastic bags and put them in the collection box in the lobby of River Springs Church.

BE A FOLDER: Return the bags to their original, flat shape.

BE A CUTTER: Cut off the bags’ handles, as well as an inch from the bottom of the bags. Then cut the bags into 2” loops.

BE A PLARN MAKER: Link the loops to form PLARN (plastic yarn) and roll them into balls like a ball of yarn.

CROCHET OR WEAVE: Crochet or use a loom to weave the PLARN into a 6’ x 3’ mat.

Contact missions@riversprings.org for more details!