Environment PE residents turn plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless

PE residents turn plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless

Caregiver's initiative provides warmth for homeless

Lake Farm Centre residents with some of the mats they've created. Picture: Lake Farm Centre/Facebook

A Port Elizabeth-born caregiver and house mother at Lake Farm Centre is bringing hope to her local community and helping the environment all at once.

Suzette Hendricks has been recycling plastic bags and crocheting them into sleeping mats for the homeless.

Suzette said the idea came to her while watching videos on YouTube one night.  She came across a tutorial on how to crochet sleeping mats from plastic bags and was inspired to start her mission to provide sleeper mats to homeless people in the Bay.

The mats are said to be very light and very warm, which is especially useful during cold winter nights.

Lake Farm is a registered home for 90 intellectually disabled adult residents. The residents live and work at Lake Farm contributing to the upkeep and maintenance.

Suzette and residents at the home have since been making and distributing the mats.