Surpassed our goal…Thank you!

Hi Everyone,

Congratulations to all of  you who have participated in ANY way to the milk bag mat project. I am super excited to tell you that we have met our goal of mats for this year and we still have a month to go. We have now sent 10 305 mats to people who need them somewhere around the world.
Just so you can see how things have progressed, here is a summary of the mats sent since Milk Bags Unlimited began:
2008 – 2013… 1353 mats
2014…………….1707 mats
2015…………….3517 mats
2016…………….5729 mats
2017…………….7255 mats
2018…………….6270 mats
2019……………10 305 mats and counting
Grand Total to date..  36 136 mats
Number of bags kept out of the landfill..  20 228 000 bags.. AMAZING!! These are the numbers I know of; there are many mats and bags used that I don’t know about, but just looking at these numbers lets you know we are doing something to help our environment and help people in need.
I have been working very hard these past few weeks to get a shipment of bags to Nicaragua. There are at least 3 groups of people in Nicaragua who know how to make mats, but they can’t work anymore because they have run out of bags. Getting containers to any country costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time and effort to set it up. I am very happy to tell you that a container is being packed right now with unusable, misprinted or problem bags donated by Hood Packaging, the manufacturer of the bags. The container will leave for Nicaragua in the next few months with 14 skids of bags which is 1,176,000 milk bags. I am thrilled that the ladies will have the resources to work with to make more mats. With this donation they will be able to make over 2300 mats for the people in their communities. Once the bags arrive in Nicaragua, I will travel there to be with the ladies as they weave, and to start more groups of weavers. It is very important to me that we make mats and send them to countries where I cannot send bags, but it is also nice to see people in their own country make mats for themselves.
We have been saving money for this shipment and if anyone is looking for a place to donate and get a tax receipt for the 2019 tax year, you can send your donation to:
15 Bishop Court
Guelph, On.
N1G 2R8
Please designate your cheque to the “Milk Bag Project” so we can start saving for another container in the future.
If you would like to donate to Canadian Food for Children, the people who house the bags and ship out the mats, you can donate to them and they will also issue a tax receipt. Their address is:
Canadian Food For Children
1258 Lakeshore Rd. E.
Mississauga, On.
L5E 1E9
If you need bags to continue making mats and to stock up for future weaving you can contact me at any time. However, I am setting aside Tuesday, Dec. 10th as a “Pick up your Bags Day.” Please let me know if you are coming and how many boxes you would like. Another option for bag pick up is at Canadian Food for Children at 1258 Lakeshore Rd. E. in Mississauga. They are open Monday to Friday from 8 AM to noon. You can drop off mats and take more boxes of bags that are stored in their warehouse. If you take mats there, just send me a quick email and let me know the number you dropped off so I can add your number to our list of mats sent.
If you would like to purchase one of the handbags made out of milk bags, it would also be appreciated. All the money goes toward the project. I have just given money towards the container going to Nicaragua, I have a website to pay for, and there are many other expenses. Each handbag sold goes towards this work. They make very unique gifts. I have many here at my home, why not purchase one when you come to get your boxes of bags.
I want to thank you for your help in this project; without you, this work would not exist.
When I hear the words in the song.. And so this is Christmas, and what have you done, another year over and a new one just begun.. I hope you think about what you have done and feel compelled to keep doing what you do.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays, 

Addendum from Bettina: The year is not over yet… more mats are coming! Seniors and Students lead by Teachers are joining in every week! 2020 looks exciting!

Click on the picture below: we were mentioned at Global TV.

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Keep the emails coming and have a great Christmas Season!