Volunteers making sleeping mats for PACEM


GREENE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) — Volunteers at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Ruckersville are working with PACEM to make sleeping mats for the homeless next week, by using donated plastic bags.

Spring Hill Baptist received thousands of recycled bags for the mats. Volunteers at the church have been making the mats for nearly a year, but they are looking for help.

A single mat requires around 500 bags and takes 72 hours to make. The bags are folded, cut into strips, looped into what’s called a “plarn” and crocheted into mats.

It’s not the fastest process, but the technique is easy to learn, and the mats are incredibly valuable to PACEM, said Jessica Carruthers, one of the volunteers.

“They dry fast, they clean easy, and actually the plastic repels bugs,” Carruthers said. “They’re soft and flexible. We make straps so they can carry them easily. So they just absolutely love these mats, and that’s why we do it.”

Anyone who wants to help make the mats can head out to Spring Hill Baptist Church on March 7 at 12:30 p.m.