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Michele Penn

Sarasota woman uses grocery bags to make mats for the homeless

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele Penn

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Michele learned to crochet in order to make the mats.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele learned to crochet in order to make the mats.

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Bags are cut into three sections.

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Bags are cut into three sections.

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Michele Penn shows her friend Margo Bohaty where to cut the bags.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele Penn shows her friend Margo Bohaty where to cut the bags.

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Michele Penn teaches classes in her home.

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Michele Penn teaches classes in her home.

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Michele shows how to tie the pieces of bag together.

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Michele shows how to tie the pieces of bag together.

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Suzanne Stacy and Lynn Clement tie the bags together to make plarn.

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Suzanne Stacy and Lynn Clement tie the bags together to make plarn.

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Michele Penn demonstrates the correct way to tying the bags together.

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Michele Penn demonstrates the correct way to tying the bags together.

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It takes 500 plastic bags to make one mat.

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It takes 500 plastic bags to make one mat.

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Michele teaches others in hopes that they will help her with a step in the process.

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Michele teaches others in hopes that they will help her with a step in the process.

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Michele Penn shows her friends a completed mat.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele Penn shows her friends a completed mat.

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Margo Bohaty, Beth Fallon, Suzanne Stacy and Lynn Clement learn how to make the mats.

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Margo Bohaty, Beth Fallon, Suzanne Stacy and Lynn Clement learn how to make the mats.

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Michele Penn starts to crochet a new mat together.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele Penn starts to crochet a new mat together.

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Once she has all the plarn, it takes about eight hours to crochet a mat.

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Once she has all the plarn, it takes about eight hours to crochet a mat.

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Michele Penn

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele Penn

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Michele leaves a note by her doorstep for neighbors to read when they drop off plastic bags.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele leaves a note by her doorstep for neighbors to read when they drop off plastic bags.

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Michele's mats are given to Captain Andy Bailey, who has people who distribute them.

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Michele's mats are given to Captain Andy Bailey, who has people who distribute them.

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Michele smiles as she gives out a mat.

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Michele smiles as she gives out a mat.

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When Michele's mats are given out, they are also given a Bible.

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When Michele's mats are given out, they are also given a Bible.

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When Michele gives out a mat, she takes a photo of the receiver with his or her new mat. Courtesy Photo.

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When Michele gives out a mat, she takes a photo of the receiver with his or her new mat. Courtesy Photo.

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