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Valley woman crocheting plastic mats to help the homeless

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jun 10, 2018

A Valley woman is turning trash into something useful for a good cause.

Leslie Glenn began crocheting as a way to stave off Alzheimer’s Disease. 

As a former Uber and Lyft driver, she said she remembered seeing homeless people on the streets all the time and wanted to help.

“One day I was looking up YouTube videos, and I came across these sleeping mats for the homeless,” Glenn said.

Glenn began learning how to cut the plastic bags into strips, how to tie them into “yarn,” and how to crochet the plastic into intricate designs.

It takes about 700 bags to make just one mat and is a great way to recycle plastic bags. 

“It’s another way to re-purpose and recycle,” Glenn said. “It’s a great way to use something you would just throw away.”

She makes the mats with her friend -- the two will sit down in the evenings and watch sports or their favorite TV shows. Her friend will cut and tie the plastic together and Glenn will take over and do the crocheting.

She hopes now she can help motivate others to help and do the same for their community.

“I’m looking for other people who would like to learn and help me,” she said. 

She’s also raising money on a GoFundMe page to make care packages to hand out when she delivers her mats to the homeless.