Woman helps homeless by making sleeping mats out of shopping bags

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    Warmbold said she receives so much feedback from people wanting to help, she created a YouTube video with directions.

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  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Just about anywhere you shop, you end up with a plastic bag, but what you do with those bags once you get home? Recycling is always the way to go, but one lady is working to recycle and help the homeless at the same time.

    Where there's a will there's a way, and Dawn Warmbold has both a desire and a talent. She takes plastic bags and turns them into mats for the homeless to sleep on. Thew process is tedious, but she doesn't mind, and she's gathered lots of help.

    "It keeps them just far enough off the ground so the moisture doesn't get on their body, bugs do not like them because their plastic and if you get them dirty you can just hose them off," explained Warmbold.

    She discovered the unique concept while visiting family out in Ohio, and now she works with small groups from New Life Church to multiply the supply.

    "Greenbrier School called me, and I taught the fifth graders how to do it, I have a probation officer that deals with youth call me, and now her people are doing it as community service time," said Warmbold.

    Each mat is six feet long and three feet wide, and Warmbold crochets them. It takes her 22 hours to make one mat.

    "You get one on your hook, you go in the back of the existing stitch grab it pull it through and now you have two on your hook, grab it again you have three on your hook pull it through and you are back down to one," she said as she worked her way through another set of loops.

    Before the mat goes in the hands of someone in need, Warmbold gives it one more thing.

    "We do attach a tag with a scripture verse on it so they know it's because of the love of Jesus that someone is doing this for them," said Warmbold.

    It takes more than 500 plastic bags to make one mat.

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