Cummings Memorial United Methodist Church in Horse Shoe NC have begun an outreach ministry of making sleeping mats for the homeless! Using donated plastic grocery bags they transform the bags into plastic yarn (also called plarn) and then weave it to create a 3 foot by 6 foot sleeping mat. These mats are then donated to the homeless. The plarn mats are lightweight, dry fast and provide a cushion for the user along with creating a barrier from cold, hard concrete and soil.
A team of church members meet at the church every Wednesday morning from 10 am to noon work on the mats. Of course there is always room for more volunteers to help create the plarn and weave the mats. Another critical need is plastic bags, one mat requires approximately 600 bags so donations of bags is a critical need for the mission to move forward. Bags can be dropped off at the church on Sunday mornings or Wednesday mornings.
If you would like to donate bags or assist in the mat production you may call the church at 828-891-9413, contact us through our contact page here: http://cummingsmemorialumc.org/contact/ or leave a message on our Facebook Page for more information.