We are an outreach program located in Jacksonville, Florida. We have a tri-fold approach to our mission.
1. We recycle scrap yarn, plastic grocery bags, and old sheets and t-shirts.
2. We give the materials to elderly women, when possible, to create items for the homeless.
3. We give the items to the homeless, who help us find more materials.
This approach accomplishes more than just handing a blanket to a homeless man. It gives materials that would otherwise sit in a landfill a purpose. It gives elderly women a chance to put their craft to good use, and be needed. The homeless receive items that help protect them from the elements, and gives them an opportunity to become involved in the process.
Homelessness is a largely misunderstood problem in our country. We are just beginning to understand it ourselves. It’s a learning process. Our church works closely with the homeless of Jacksonville, and we are taking cues from them as to the best way to help.
We are still in the launching process of our program. We have people ready to crochet, and we have an outlet for the items. We are still working on finding enough supplies to make the items.
Leftover yarn can be made into multiple items, and is the most versatile. We can use it for:
- Stuffed animals (it’s amazing the effect a simple toy can have on a child)
Plastic grocery bags are cut up and made into “plarn” (plastic yarn). We can use it for:
- Sleeping mats/bags (plastic gives a waterproof barrier to sleep on, and is lightweight and easy to clean)
Sheets and t-shirts are cut up and made into cloth yarn. We can use it for:
If you are interested in crocheting for us, or can help with donated materials, please comment, leave us a Facebook message, or follow us on Twitter. If you can’t crochet, we have plenty of other ways to donate time. We need people to make plarn, and make t-shirt yarn!
To learn more about homelessness, please click here.
To learn more about the homeless in Jacksonville, please click here.
To find other ways to help the homeless, please click here.
One huge way you can help is by sharing us with your friends!
Your donation of time, materials, or a simple “share” can help us help others.
Thank you, and God bless!