Honor students are turning plastic shopping bags into “miles of mats” to keep the homeless warm during the cold Michigan winter– and those pesky bags out of the trash.
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The teens at Three Rivers Community Schools cut up the bags, then crochet the strips together to create insulating sleeping mats. It takes 500-to-700 bags to make each one, and the kids say they won’t quit until they’ve made a mile-long line of the six-foot by four-foot mats.
The local chapter of the National Honor Society plans to make 880 of the mats using about 616,000 plastic bags — and are looking for all the donations they can pull in.
Students are also seeking pledges of $200 for each mat they create, with a goal of raising $176,000 over the course of “Miles for Mats” to fund this and other community projects.
“It means quite a bit to be able to give back to the community, especially the homeless who, no one really realizes how many homeless people, are here in Michigan,” junior Michael Hayes told WXMI.
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