Emily Crabb, president of the club, cuts plastic bags into sections for mats. (Anna Noel)
Emily Crabb, president of the club, cuts plastic bags into sections for mats.

Anna Noel

Mats For the Homeless

March 12, 2020

The new Crochet and Knitting Club is doing a plastic bag drive and will make mats out of the bags collected! When finished, the mats will go to the homeless citizens of Martinsville. 

The drive started on 2/27/20 and will continue until 3/31/20. All plastic bags will be dropped off in Mrs. Grant’s room(219). 

Not only is this event making an impact by keeping plastic out of the environment, but it also gives people a chance to help the homeless and give back to the community.

Mats made out of plastic bags are more durable, waterproof, and better insulated. It may sound odd, but many other necessities can also be made out of plastic bags: baskets, bags, soap dishes, jump ropes, key chains, hairpins, welcome mats, pot scrubbers, hammocks, bracelets, and can cozies. 

The club welcomes anyone who already knows or who wishes to learn how to crochet and knit.

Even with its late start, the club hopes to help students let out their creativity in a way that may seem retro. The club leader, Ms. Grant, said, “The club provides something different that students may be drawn to that they do not get anywhere else”. Even though the skill is considered ‘old school,’ many will grow to love the hobby if they give it a chance.   

Make sure to stop by Ms. Grant’s room and see how you can contribute to the plastic bag drive, and sign up for the new club while you are there!

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