Local church uses plastic bags to help those in need

"I was in a dark place that I am no longer in,” said Brian Downs.  

Brain Downs hasn't had the easiest life.

He went from working at a major insurance company to homeless in a matter of years.

That was until he met new hope Christian Church Pastor Denny Bell, a woman he says completely changed his life.

"I'm so thankful for Pastor Denny and everything that she's put together for me,” said Downs.

Some of those things include these mats.

The church along with volunteers made them for Downs and others in similar situations so they don't have to sleep on the hard ground.

"Everybody needs to have a sense of worth and when you become homeless you lose that sense of worth,” said Pastor Denny Bell.

But these aren't just regular mats. They're made out of plastic bags.

Each one crocheted using anywhere from 500 to 700 bags. And they aren't quick creations; one takes weeks to make.

"We do them like 3 foot by 6 foot, so they can lay them down and put their sleeping bag or whatever on top of them,” said New Hope Christian Church Secretary Belinda Johnson.

Volunteers have made 30 mats so far and they know there are many more to be made to give to people in need.

The acts of kindness by the church are things Downs will forever be grateful for.

"I love these people,” said Downs.  

For those who want to donate, you can call New Hope Christian Church at (316) 262-3425 and ask for Pastor Denny to set up a time.

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