4/12/2021 10:50:00 AM Turning plastic bags into attractive mats
Carol Cole visited Zion Lutheran Church last week to crochet plastic bags into mats for the homeless. Every evening at home, she crochets for about three hours as she watches television. Above, from left, crocheters Cole, Kathy Ottjes and Jo Olson pose near a completed mat.
Seated at a table at the lower level of Zion Lutheran Church, Carol Cole crochets a colorful plastic bag into an attractive mat. Every evening at home, she crochets for about three hours as she watches television. It takes her 12 to 14 evenings to complete each mat, given to the homeless to use as a base for their outdoor bedding. "I've made over 60 since we started in the fall of 2017," she said. "It keeps my hands busy. I don't like to just sit and watch TV. I need to be doing something." Cole, Kathy Ottjes and other ladies at Zion became interested in crocheting the mats after they saw an article in the Rochester Post-Bulletin's June 2, 2017 edition. The story highlighted members of People of Hope Church, on the west side of Rochester, who crocheted plastic bags into outdoor mats for the homeless. After reading the article, several members of Zion Church visited People of Hope Church to learn the crocheting process... For more on this story pick up your copy of the April 13 Stewartville STAR.