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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Students Weave Beds For Homeless

Brucefield | by Fadi Didi  

25 students at Huron Centennial use milk bags to create beds for Toronto homeless.

The big city is getting a helping hand from the small town this season.

25 students at Huron Centennial School in Brucefield have been flattening and weaving sleeping mats for homeless residents in Toronto through the city's Homeless Connect initiative.

The school's Technical Resource Assistant Jill Sygrove says students have helped with 32 mats so far this year.

Sygrove says the students got involved after the idea came forward from the Berea Lutheran church in Goderich, through attendee Tamara Crocker, who works with the school board.

The three-hour creation process involves weaving about 125 clean four-litre milk bags through a loom.

Sygrove tells us the Goderich Legion Branch 109 has also contacted organizers, asking for 45 mats by this February for homeless veterans needing a place to sleep.

Ten mats will also be heading down Highway 4, to London, before Christmas.

For anyone looking to help, donations of clean plastic milk bags or yarn can be dropped off at Huron Centennial School, in Brucefield.

Anyone looking to drop off donations in the Goderich area can contact Heather Ball at 519-524-7876.

A group meets at the Berea Lutheran Church Monday nights between 6:15 - 7:45 to help in creating the mats, and the public is welcome to attend. 



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