It has been a fantastic year with regards to the milk bag project. Shipments of mats have gone world wide and people in need are so grateful for your work. I received a note yesterday that 3 mats is wall to wall carpet in a home in Haiti, and the mom is happy to have a dry, warm floor for her children to sleep on.
As you know, this past October, I have been in Nicaragua and taught women there to make the mats. My future plan is to go again in May 2018 and again in October to teach more groups to make mats. I have 40 boxes of new bags in Nicaragua, which will be enough for the May trip, but I need to get more boxes of bags to Nicaragua for October. This past March we sent a container to the mission I worked with, but due to the huge cost of a container, we do not know how we will get more bags into the country. They are not a plastic exempt country, it is a cost issue. If any of you are looking for tax receipts for this year, please email me and I can give you the address of the mission, which is in Guelph, and you will get a tax receipt.
Now.. the numbers!!!
It is hard to believe but this year we sent 7255 mats around the world. I know there are more mats as some people take them directly to Canadian Food for Children, and don’t tell me what they took. That is okay, but it is always nice to be able to give you the numbers just so you know you are part of this big picture.
Here is an overall yearly count since 2008:
2008 – 2013: 1353 mats
2014 – 1707 mats
2015 – 3517 mats
2016 – 5729 mats
2017 – 7255 mats
GRAND TOTAL OF MATS: 19, 561 MATS
An estimate of the number of bags we have used in making mats, and the bags that have gone overseas for people to work with as well as for food distribution is a whopping:
11, 320, 500 bags kept out of the landfill and used for a greater purpose.
I now have cases of new bags at my home, and would like to offer up a pick up your bags day for Saturday, January 13, 2018. Please let me know how many boxes you would like. Remember, each box contains 2400 bags, makes about 4.5 large mats, and weights almost 50 pounds. I can help you load your vehicle.
I would like to say a big thanks to all of you as you have huge hearts to help the poor and see the benefit of this work. Many blessings to you all as you celebrate this season and a very prosperous New Year to you and your loved ones.