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Michele Penn

Sarasota woman uses grocery bags to make mats for the homeless

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele Penn

Michele learned to crochet in order to make the mats.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele learned to crochet in order to make the mats.

Bags are cut into three sections.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Bags are cut into three sections.

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.

Michele Penn teaches classes in her home.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele Penn teaches classes in her home.

Michele shows how to tie the pieces of bag together.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele shows how to tie the pieces of bag together.

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

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

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

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

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

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

It takes 500 plastic bags to make one mat.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

It takes 500 plastic bags to make one mat.

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

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

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

Michele Penn shows her friends a completed mat.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele Penn shows her friends a completed mat.

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

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

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

Michele Penn starts to crochet a new mat together.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele Penn starts to crochet a new mat together.

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

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

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

Michele Penn

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele Penn

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.

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

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

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

Michele smiles as she gives out a mat.

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

Michele smiles as she gives out a mat.

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

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

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

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

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 |

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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