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Handmade sleeping mats, care bags help Valley homeless population

Posted at 6:23 PM, Oct 25, 2019

These sleeping mats are more than just a way to stay warm and dry - they are works of art and a symbol of hope for people living on the streets.

"We want to make sure we help those who are less fortunate than we are," explains Leona Voltz.

Voltz is part of the Homeless Matters Ministry at St. Patrick Catholic Community in Scottsdale. Together, the ministry along with volunteers from across the Valley, put together special sleeping mats for the homeless.

The mats are made from plastic bags! It takes 900 plastic bags and 15 hours just to make one bag.

"The thing I like about it is that if you make a mistake, it doesn't really matter because we use it for scraps and we make it into a pillow."

And these mats aren't the thing Voltz and the other volunteers do. They also put together what they call "compassion bags" that are given to the homeless, filled with everything from socks to shampoo.

"The biggest feedback we get from the homeless is that we treat them like a human being."

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