Another year almost is over…….

Hello to all my milk bag friends,
I will likely be sending 2 emails this month as I want to share news with you now and give you the mat count at the end of the month. The year has flown by and so much has happened. We have had a shortage of bags for the past 6 months, but our weavers have not failed us and have been busy using all the used bags collected from schools, churches and homes. This is good as we want to use all the bags and not have them thrown into the garbage where they sit for years, never breaking down. At least we can make something useful people can use and need.
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 However the good news is, a shipment of milk bags has come and are at the CFFC warehouse at 1258 Lakeshore Rd East in Mississauga . In  the past many of you have taken your mats to the warehouse and then taken boxes of bags to continue weaving. Please, once again, help yourself to bags, weave or

start weaving and let’s keep sendin mats to those very needy people. I am going to bring boxes of bags home and will have a “pick up your bags” day as another way for you to get what you need. The boxes just arrived and I haven’t had a chance to get any yet, so I can’t set a pick up day right now.

let’s see the mats continue to me made. I am going to bring boxes of bags home and will have a “pick up your bags” day as another way for you to get what you need. The boxes just arrived and I haven’t had a chance to get any yet, so I can’t set a pick up day right now.

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I am sending you more information about the trip to Nicaragua as many of you have asked multiple questions. Some of you have asked  how I got milk bags down there.PAN Missions sent a container of supplies in March, and I was able to have 2 skids of boxes of bags included in that container. I also sent pressure treated wood to make 3 large 7 loop frames for the women who would work on the mats.   The sewing and weaving women were eager learners and made their items as they were preparing for a big Christmas bazaar on November 19th. That day they sold 7 dresses, 5 cloth bags and 8 milk bag mats. The ladies included a pillow filled with milk bag scraps with each mat and got $10 US each for the mat/pillow. The women were so excited to see that they could make money and then use it for their family needs. I was very happy for them.
I have received word from Dr. Simone, the man who runs Canadian Food for Children (CFFC), that milk bag mats are precious items to the people he ships to. He also told me he was grateful for the empty, clean bags to be used for food distribution.
I will be writing again in a few weeks with our 2017 mat count… just know, it is over 7000 mats.. and that is wonderful.
If any of you would like to know of items you can donate , click on the link. Please save and  give your old reading glasses. When I was in Nicaragua on the very first day, the sewing team ladies had a big bag of glasses; the women tried them on and could see much better.. I totally got it, because I need glasses and could not imagine trying to thread a sewing machine needle without my magnifiers. Also remember to save pop tabs and stamps. All these things cost us nothing, but are so useful.
Blessings to all,
Angela