MAKING PLARN SLEEPING MATS FOR OUR HOMELESS NEIGHBORS
When does the Project start?
About the Project
We learned about the "plarn" project when, in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Portland Jewish Academy offered kids the opportunity to participate in a variety of service learning projects. One was cutting plastic grocery bags into strips. Those cut strips were eventually delivered to a dedicated group of residents at Cedar Sinai Park who rolled the strips into balls the size of a head. This "plastic yarn" is affectionately called "plarn." In the hands of crocheters, plarn can be repurposed into lightweight, portable, comfortable, waterproof sleeping mats perfect for making life on the street a little easier for our unsheltered neighbors. (Click here to learn more about the project process: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eu84CZtNTCE).
Veteran crocheter Andrea Hirte has been the driving force behind this intergenerational project here in Portland. Last year, she delivered 20 mats to the Sunshine Division of the Portland Police Department for distribution. But the need is seemingly endless.