Hope you are well. Our month of February has proved to be a great weaving month; people are back into their winter crafts and activities. So far this year we have sent away 2145 mats to people in need. Thank you for all your work. If you have not updated me with mats that you have delivered to either charities around here or you have taken to Canadian Food for Children, please let me know so I can add your number to my master list.
Someone gave me a page from a book called the Friendship Book. This book is in Canada, but the article was given to me via someone in the UK, and I thought I would share the daily read from August 29, 2019.
“The Bag Ladies (could be men too) are a group of retired women who collect plastic bags. They clean them, cut them into strips, wind them together to make “plastic yarn”, and crochet them into comfortable, warm and free blankets. Then they donate the blankets to homeless people and disaster victims. Now, it would be better not to have so many disposable plastic bags in the community. And it would definitely be better for people not to be homeless. Society-people-mess up. Mistakes are made. But it restores my faith that for every mistake that’s made, for every time mankind goes wrong, there are people like the Bag Ladies, working quietly and inventively to turn that wrong thing into a wonderful thing!”
When I received this little note, it made me think of the warm and happy hearts that are involved in this project here in Canada. People are making mats not only here but also in the UK, and the US. Bless you all!
Some of you may know that there is a very active weaving group at the Glynwood Retirement Residence. Almost every week, they make 15 mats. Not only do they meet as a group on a Wednesday mornings, but every Saturday afternoon the families of the weaving group meet to work on the mats. It is a lovely way for the seniors to see their children and grandchildren and to do something together that makes them happy. One of the group, passed away a couple of years ago, but his family loved the work so much, they still show up most Saturday afternoons to weave with the Glynwood group. The granddaughter of the man who passed, has taken on the work at home and has made 9 mats from start to finish. Her name is Kaitlyn and she will be presenting a school project on her work, the work of the seniors, and the work of her late grandfather. What a wonderful tribute to her grandpa who loved making mats right up to the time of his death. Way to go Kaitlyn.
Our next pick up your bags day at my place will be: Tuesday, March 17.. St. Patty’s Day. Please mark your calendar and let me know if you are coming so I can be prepared for your visit.
If you live close to Canadian Food for Children at 1258 Lakeshore Rd. E. in Mississauga, you can pick up boxes of bags there and drop off your mats. The warehouse is open Monday to Friday from 8 AM until noon. You can do drop-offs and get boxes of bags there any weekday morning.
Take care, Angela