Project Title: Weatherproof Mats for the Homeless
Dana’s project, “Weatherproof Mats for the Homeless” came to her while she was on a trip to New York City where she saw homeless people sleeping on the streets. Dana said, “The homelessness upset me and it has always been on my mind since then. I wanted to do something to help these people and let them know somebody cares.”
Dana wanted to help, so she created a plan and put her project into action immediately. She gathered plastic bags from local stores, cut them up, turned the bags into plastic yarn (plarn), and crocheted the yarn into sleeping mats to donate to local homeless shelters. The new plarn mats are light weight, dry easily, and serve as a barrier to the hard, and sometimes cold ground. Dana mentioned that, “Currently, fabric blankets are provided to homeless which become wet and heavy in any rain. The fabric blankets are then abandoned. The plarn mats are are a better solution.” Dana worked with local craft groups that will both continue the plarn mat project so that the weatherproof mats are still donated in the future.