Early in February, the Media Room at The Club at Town Center was buzzing with volunteers and covered with hundreds of plastic grocery bags being flattened, folded and cut into strips. In a corner of the main room, more volunteers were tying the strips together to form “plarn.’’ And in yet another corner, nimble-fingered crocheters were using giant hooks to turn the plarn into colorful rectangles. The reason for all of the activity? To create sleeping mats to be distributed to area homeless who need them.

“A am so thrilled with the turnout,’’ said organizer Diane Williams as she flitted from table to table answering questions and directing the work. “I counted 18 volunteers!’’

The initial work session was so successful, and the need in the homeless community so great, that Diane plans to continue the mat-making sessions on Fridays throughout March.

Bag donation extended through March!

And since the work will continue, that means that more plastic bags are needed. So, continue to collect and drop off grocery bags or any “thin’’ plastic bags you may have, such as those used for newspaper delivery. What doesn’t work are the thicker plastic bags, such as those typically used by clothing stores, because they’re too bulky to crochet. Just drop your bags off at the front desk of the Club at Town Center any time during opening hours. It would be extremely helpful if you could flatten bags before you donate them (see photo below).

More mat-making sessions

Join the mat-making volunteers from 10 am to Noon on Fridays during March at The Club at Town Center. All Somersett residents are welcome, including those who live in Sierra Canyon – in fact, there were a few Sierra Canyon folks there on Friday. No experience is necessary and many hands are needed to prep the bags for crocheting. If you know how to crochet, bring a size Q hook and Diane will put you to work!

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