Crocheting blankets is quite a talent, but we've never heard of someone doing something this brilliant.
Marilyn O'Connor of Prince Edward Island, Canada, came up with a great idea for using her crochet skills, helping her community's homeless, AND recycling a really common item we all have around the house. Her idea? She makes large sleeping mats out of used plastic bags, and distributes them to needy or homeless people, who use them to stay dry and off the wet ground during and after storms.
O'Connor enlisted the help of fellow Bible group members to create the mats, which have the unique quality of helping save the planet AND care for the homeless at the same time. And we hear they're actually quite comfy!
So far, O'Connor and her friends have made over a dozen mats, and they've donated many of them to a local men's shelter.
We love that this is becoming a trend! In fact, a woman at a church in Omaha, Nebraska, is up to making 250 mats so far. Watch her in action here!
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