Nacogdoches ladies turning grocery bags into sleeping mats for Haitians

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - You may never look at your plastic grocery sack the same again.

Re-purposed plastic bags are being transformed into sleeping mats for Haitians.  

A Sunday School class at First Baptist Church is leading the effort.

The bags are folded, cut into several sections, tied together to form a long rope that's wrapped into a ball. It's then crocheted into large sleeping mats. Some ladies get quite elaborate with their designs through the use of different colored bags.

"We heard of people making these as homeless mats," said Linda Nichols. "And we thought with the people in Haiti having still the repercussions of the tsunami and they actually are in lean-tos and they lay on the ground and so we thought we could send this as a mission project."

At least 25 mats will be made for a mission trip leaving for Haiti July 1.  

Zac and Becky Weems of Fredonia Hill Baptist Church are leading the trip.

KTRE's Jeff Awtrey is going and will send back daily coverage of their work.

If you're interested in donating to the cause, you can visit the Fredonia Hill Baptist website.

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