On March 17 at 7pm there was an event at the Stake Centre called Mats for Humanity. If you haven’t heard about this, it is pretty cool what our members and non-members in the community are doing to help the needy around the world. This one is worth the read.

On March 7 the young men and young women age 16+ in our Stake held a Mats for Humanity event as a service project. Some photos are below.

They wove milkbags into mats! These mats, when completed, are sent to a Canadian organization called MILKBAGSunlimited and are then distributed to countries around the world like Haiti, Brazil, Sierra Leone, and The Philippines. They are used as mattresses in hospitals, table covers in surgical operating rooms, and as cushioning for surgeons who have to stand all day.

The initiative started after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Since then, mats have been sent to a number of countries in need around the world. Recently, mats were sent to West Africa to help patients suffering from the Ebola virus.

Members are not only making mats, they are making pillows and tote bags as well. The bags are given to new mothers as they leave the hospital with their babies so they can have something to carry diapers and other supplies in.

Events to make these mats are held every month for church members and non-members in the Ottawa area. If you would like to get involved, please contact Sister Danielle Duval-Conway at

What a great way to give back!