FROM THE HUMBLE MILK BAG TO THE TREASURED BED…OR THE FASHION BAG…
DON’T JUST COLLECT MILK BAGS…WEAVE MATS OR CROCHET FASHION BAGS…
The milk bag mats offer people without beds, an invaluable, durable and washable alternative to sleeping on the often cold and damp ground. Not only can these milk-bag mats provide comfort as a bedding alternative, but have been used by health-care professionals as a make-ready substitute for an operating bed/table where resources are scarce. It takes approximately 400 milk bags to make an adult sized mat.
For quite some time, all across Canada, a community of volunteers, schools, churches and businesses have been collecting milk bags. The milk bags used are the ones that hold the three smaller bags of milk. The bags are cut into strips, tied together, and then woven or crocheted into mats.
Why Canadian milk bags? They are unique ….They never disintegrate, are very strong, don’t retain moisture, have a lifespan of more than 25 years, are UV ray resistant, washable and very colorful.
We donate mats to the homeless in Canada , support other countries when natural disasters occur , we have sent them to Syrian refugees in Greece, and have worked with groups in Brazil, Burkina Faso and more…
The bulk of the mats are delivered to the Mississauga warehouse Canadian Food For Children . This charity add then to the shipments that regularly go to Dominica, El Salvador , Ghana, Guatemala , Haiti, Honduras , Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia , Malawi , Nicaragua , Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia.
MILKBAGSunlimited has gone a step further. It has empowered the women in the Third World Countries to create many products from floor mats to hand bags. MILKBAGSunlimited supplies the materials and the tools , the women work, sell and make money to support their families.
We collect and send away more than just milk bags, sleeping mats and pillows:
School supplies, new clothes & shoes, wheelchairs, crutches, kitchen utensils, tools and much more…
HOW YOU CAN HELP
MAKE WEAVING FRAMES:
A few pieces of wood and some nails is all that is needed to create a frame for weaving mats.
Although many groups still crochet to make sleeping mats that are sent to over 39 countries, we are promoting a much easier and faster way to produce those much needed mats. We have school children that can make 4 mats in a single day by weaving. Two videos posted on the “How-to” page will easily guide you in making your own mats.
Nothing goes to waste: every mat that we send away is rolled up and contains a pillow. Pieces of fabric are sewn together and filled with the milk bag scraps. From donated upholstery sample books to pieces of leftover fabric you can make fabulous pillows.
From small clutches to flamboyant beach bags, it is a great way to raise funds for our charity. Need a pattern? Just go to the “How-to” page.
DONATE NEW TOYS, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, UTENSILS AND CLOTHING:
We will also ship wheelchairs, walkers, crutches much more to those needy countries.
HOLD A FUND RAISER:
Funds are crucial in any charitable organization, we need your generosity to help us achieve our goals. Our needs are simple, the empty Milk Bags come at no cost, but we must purchase tools such as scissors, crochet hooks, wood, nails…
Transportation and custom clearance fees are a large part of our costs:
We sometimes ship skids with milk bags bags to Montreal, from there they go to various countries then, we need to get the items out of customs, deliver the items to our affiliated micro-entrepreneurs and, lastly we have to ship the finished items back to Canada for resale.
From BBQs to Garage Sales, Golf Tournaments to Galas, no event is too big or too small:
MILKBAGSunlimited, will help you with your event. Material is available on demand to assist you in promoting the type of event you would like to host and provide you with some tips on how to start organizing your event. Once you have decided on the event, please e-mail us so that we can register your event and provide you with the necessary tax receipts and promotional tools such as posters, raffle tickets ,etc.
Here are some ideas as to how you can help us reach these dollars and goals. We are sure that you will come up with a lot more than we can possibly imagine.
Loonie Days, Raffles to win a bag.
$$$ Donations, Community Barbecues, Garage sales, Girl’s Night In, Bowling,
Fund raising among friends with lunch and dinner parties…..and much more.
Challenge departments to raise funds, reward the winning department.
Salon services for a donation, product draws.
Note: Application must be approved by MILKBAGSunlimited prior to publicizing or holding events. MILKBAGSunlimited respects the privacy of its donors; we do not sell, rent, or trade our donor lists. The information we collect is only used to process donations, keep our donors informed about the activities of MILKBAGSsunlimited.