20150902 - Bag Ladies (MA) - nwherald

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Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com
Sherri Burn crochets a 2 foot by 3 foot mat out of plastic bags on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 in Island Lake. Burn, her aunt Betty Reckwerdt and others retrieve plastic bags from Heinans and Island Foods which have collection bins in their stores then sort the bags by color and thickness. The bags are flattened then cut into strips and rolled into a ball of "plarn", or plastic yarn, to be crocheted on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Transfiguration Church. Approximately 200-300 bags are needed to make just one 2' by 3' mat, which is then donated to PADS to be distributed to area homeless.