Judy Homanich, our expert mat crocheter, went to Haiti in October. As she told us, she took 3 crochet hooks with her and there were ample plastic bags in Haiti. Judy was able to teach 15 Haitian women to crochet plastic bag sleeping mats and door mats. Having only 3 crochet hooks, the women learned how to crochet with their fingers instead of hooks. After making mats for themselves, the women intend to make them to sell. Judy will share her experience with us at a future meeting.
In addition, Judy met with the members of a Binghamton University fraternity and they are also helping us make plastic bag sleeping mats for our homeless in Binghamton and in the Philadelphia area. Another student group had an event at Binghamton University on November 15 to collect plastic bags, cut them into strips, and make plastic “yarn balls” for us. Making plastic mats has apparently become popular in the Occupy Wall Street effort, as a young man from Binghamton, who learned to make the plastic mats along with his mother, siblings and cousins this summer, has shared those skill with others in New York City.
New members are always welcome. You don’t have to crochet as we always need people to straighten and cut the plastic bags and tie them together and roll them into a “yarn” ball. Please check this web site and church bulletins for upcoming meetings. If you have a concern about the weather, just give Annamary a call at 239-4143 and plastic bags, “yarn” balls, or anything you need can be delivered to your home for you work on during those very cold days or nights. If you have finished a mat, you are welcome to leave them at the church office or call Annamary and she will pick them up.