WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Last year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Alfred H. Baumann Library, in partnership with Mayor Keith Kazmark, Passaic County Senior Services, Passaic Valley High School and the Woodland Park School District, launched a community service project to provide persons experiencing homelessness with “Dream Mats.”
“Dream Mats” are portable sleeping mats crocheted using plarn - yarn made from recyclable plastic bags. The bags are cut into strips, looped together, and then crocheted into an approximate 3 by 6 foot mat with a carrying handle.
Through the project, time was volunteered by members of the library yarn club, junior ambassadors and teen volunteers, the local school district, Passaic Valley and residents of Siena Village to make 40 mats.
"This was over 400 volunteer hours of crocheting and over 30,000 plastic bags which won’t create harm to our environment," Mayor Kazmark said. The mats were being distributed this week to our homeless population.