REACH of Washington County, residents, turn plastic bags into mats for homeless


A local organization in Hagerstown is turning plastic bags into mats for the homeless. 

REACH of Washington County employees along with residents are sorting, cutting, tying and crocheting the plastic bags which will be given away to the homeless. The completed mats are said to hold body heat and are lightweight, especially during the cold winter months. Shelter Administrator of REACH of Washington County, Diana Castle came up with the idea and says it’s inspiring to see residents at the shelter lend a helping hand. 

“It’s actually very relaxing for some of them and therapeutic in a way that they see their production throughout the day, what they’ve done and it helps them work through some of their own concerns and issues,” said Castle. 

It takes approximately 500 plastic bags to make one mat. If you’d like to donate plastic bags, they can be dropped off at REACH of Washington County in Hagerstown, located at 40 West Franklin Street. 

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