“Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give!”
It’s the 21st century and homelessness is still an issue, unfortunately. With the new year upon us, we can start by being more compassionate toward homeless people, something we so often neglect. As we go on with our lives, we seem to forget this inescapable social injustice and turn a blind eye more often than not.
That’s not the case with some students at Lakewood High School, which have teamed up for a very special project. They’ve created a “Plarn Club” and now, they’re on a mission.
The “Plarn Club” it’s basically a quilting circle, but instead of spending time after school making quilts, they make sleeping mats from plastic bags for homeless people. In the picture above you can see a glimpse of how the process goes — a process which is filmed by the school board’s communications department, JPS-TV.
The students make the plastic yarn or ‘plarn,’ with recycled plastic bags by cutting them into strips, and then tying the strips together.
The founder of the “Plarn Club,” Shelby Tillema, spoke to a local YouTube channel, explaining the whole process of making the sleeping mats.
It makes the ground more comfortable and they’re water resistant and apparently, they keep bugs away.
The idea came from a group of women in Colorado, called Bev’s Bag Brigade, which has been making these mats since 2009, for the Volunteers of America.
Talking to the YouTube channel, Tillema said she is delighted with the impact these mats have on the social and environmental aspect.
It’s nice to relax, and also it’s helping the environment and it’s helping other people. It’s just very fulfilling that way.
These kids look super proud of their work and have every right to feel so. Tillema also hopes others will join her on the cause.
It’d be awesome if other Jeffco schools imitated this idea.
Small gestures can have a really big impact!