Offering hope with plastic grocery bags

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) There is an organization that is working to help people on a global level. Mats4Haiti is a Connecting with Community Award finalist. The volunteer organization teaches people how to crochet plastic grocery bags into mats that can be used in poverty stricken countries like Haiti.

Volunteers at Mats4Haiti distribute the mats across the globe through partnering organizations like Rays of Hope International. The re-purposed mats are used in people’s homes, in medical services, and even as padding for shipments to Haiti.

Grocery bags like the ones used to make the mats can take 37 years to decompose in a landfill.

Volunteers gather in locations like the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA and the Kent District Library branches.

You can learn more by connecting with Mats4Haiti on Facebook.

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