Volunteers Hope to Make Winter More Comfortable for Homeless

By: Morgan Demmel Email
By: Morgan Demmel Email

A group of volunteers in Grand Island is working to make life a little easier for those who don't have a warm place to live this winter.

Ilene King and other members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Island started making 6-foot-by-3-foot mats out of recycled plastic bags about a year ago.

"It's not difficult, we recycle plastic bags from Walmart, your grocery store, Kohls," King says.

Then the group cuts the bags into strips, loops those strips together, and crochets them into mats comfortable enough to sleep on.

And King says for members of the community who don't have warm beds to sleep in, these mats can be a big help.

"There's various areas here in town that can use them," King says. "I have taken them to Salvation Army, the Crisis Center and to Hope Harbor."

Volunteer Margie Balderston says she's glad to help.

"For me, it's a labor of love and it needs to be done," Balderston says.

Especially, she says, during the snowy winter months.

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