B.C. teenager launches sleeping mat weaving challenge for homeless individuals – Maple Ridge Information

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Alexis Stollings, 16, began a plastic bag drive in Chilliwack to make sleeping mats for the homeless earlier than winter arrives.

The thought got here to him whereas serving to clear the household residence and discovering an enormous cache of plastic luggage.

"I’m actually keen about giving again to our neighborhood, and this was the proper alternative to assist these in want," stated Stollings.

Discovering out that there have been a whopping 306 individuals in Chilliwack who recognized themselves as homeless within the 2020 Homeless Rely, was a wake-up name. This was a 38% enhance from the full of 221 in 2017, and it helped him notice the big stage of want.

"We now have to deal with the individuals in our neighborhood."

The rugs will likely be woven on a loom utilizing tapes made out of the donated plastic luggage.

READ MORE: Homeless rug crocheted by Chilliwack girl

"This work has already been achieved in Chilliwack, however with the winter months to return it’s important that we assist these in want in our neighborhood," she stated, referring to the challenge. rugs undertaken by Judy Simmill final February, who crocheted rugs for the homeless.

"In case you've by no means heard of them earlier than, these rugs assist homeless individuals by creating an insulation to sleep on that they don't get moist on like common blankets or rugs," Stollings wrote in his message. “They can be simply rolled up for storage or transport.”

Every mat requires between 500 and 700 luggage, so that they want all the assistance they’ll get.

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Stollings has turn into an energetic member of the Youth Advisory Committee, and greater than a dozen of her fellow committee members will lend a serving to hand as volunteers for the Mats for a Trigger Chilliwack Undertaking.

“It is going to be a tremendous approach to contain younger individuals in a neighborhood challenge.

Message Alexis Stollings on Fb by inbox or @mats_for_a_cause_chilliwack on Instagram. Luggage will be dropped off at Stólō Nation (Well being Constructing), 7201 Vedder Street, Constructing 7, Chilliwack, for subsequent week. It's behind the pharmacy entrance close to the principle doorways, with luggage dropped right into a grey trash can with a light-weight inexperienced signal.

"Thanks very a lot to everybody who needs to donate."

READ MORE: Homelessness on the rise within the Fraser Valley

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