Bag Ladies Ministry



You may still be asking “What is Bag Ladies?” or “What are they doing with all those plastic bags?” GOOD QUESTIONS!!! Ladies of FCC have been making sleeping mats for the homeless for about 7 years now and it all started with a plastic grocery bag. We collect them. There is a tub in the basement for them and one in the entryway of the Family Center. Contrary to what some believe, we do not want all your plastic bags. WE ONLY WANT YOUR GROCERY STORE PLASTIC BAGS.

When you drop off the plastic bags you have collected, the process we go through to turn them into PLARN is a long and complicated one, taking a lot of hands giving a lot of time, to produce one sleeping mat. We love this project because we get to provide a much needed item for the homeless at absolutely no cost and it’s good for the environment. And we want you to be involved in the project with us!

Each sleeping mat uses about 800 plastic grocery store bags so an unintended purpose is to take plastic bags out of the waste stream. Because much of the work is done by a group of members at regular workdays, the project is a community building opportunity for those who participate.The community participates by collecting and donating the bags. Several community members participate by doing some of the prep work on the bags at home.

One committee members serves as the contact person sending out text reminders of workdays, ordering the workroom, and coordinating the dedication of sleeping mats once we have enough to make a donation to one of the local homeless shelters.

If you are interested, please reach out to our office for additional information.


Bag Ladies