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‘Bag Ladies’ upcycle for the homeless

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • rebecca-z@citizenstandard.com

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Rebecca Zemencik/Citizen-Standard Photo The ‘Bag Ladies’ meet twice a month, the first and third Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Erdman. They are upcycling plastic bags to make bed mats for homeless shelters and those in need. The public is encouraged to join them and learn what upcycling is all about.

ERDMAN – A new group has formed at Zion Lutheran Church, Erdman, and the public is invited to come and learn what this upcycling group is doing.
‘The Bag Ladies,’ as they refer to themselves is a group of women, (only because no men have attended yet, but they are welcome too), gather the first and third Mondays of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. and transform plastic bags into items that people can use.
Lena Long has been upcycling plastic bags for almost 20 years and she finally brought the idea to the church.
“I don’t really remember how I got into doing this,” said Lena. “I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’d make a bag, or a mat and then I’d stick it in the attic and forget about it.”
Sandy Williard saw how to upcycle bags on one of those DIY channels on TV and that’s how she learned to do it. One year she created gift bags out of plastic bags for all her Christmas presents.
Both Lena and Sandy also know how to create purses from the plastic bags. Sandy said it takes about two evenings to create a purse.

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