A group of residents at Normandie Ridge are working hard to help homeless veterans. “The Plarn People of Normandie Ridge” have been busy making sleeping mats from recycled plastic bags. This involves cutting recycled plastic bags and joining the pieces to make plarn, which is plastic yarn. The plarn is then crocheted into mats. It takes an average of 500 to 700 bags to complete a 2.5 foot by 6 foot mat and approximately 40 to 50 hours of work. Each month, the group meets to continue working on the mats, although a lot of the work is also done individually at home.
Plenty of bags have been donated to the cause by residents and local stores. Jinny Foor is organizer of the Plarn People, “It’s reported that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year with the average family taking home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year. However, according to waste management, only one percent of the bags are returned for recycling.” Foor says reusing the recycled bags not only will help homeless veterans, but will reduce waste. The group formed in November to start making the mats. They will be donated to LifePath Christian Ministries in York, a non-profit agency helping the homeless and those living in poverty.
Another benefit of “The Plarn People” is the fellowship the women enjoy when they meet as a group. Foor said, “When the idea came about, I was so surprised at the number of people that wanted to get involved and help. We meet once a month and really enjoy the time together.” “The Plarn People of Normandie Ridge” are always looking for more volunteers to join the group. They are willing to teach interested members how to crochet, but you don’t need to crochet to join the group. For more information or to donate bags, call 717-764-0148.