Women Recycle More Than 52,000 Plastic Bags to Make Beds for the Homeless

The 'Bag Ladies' are known in Tennessee for their unique way of giving back to the homeless, creating a mat made out of plastic bags.

A small group of women are making a huge difference within their community with the use of discarded plastic bags.

The “Bag Ladies,” were first established in January 2015 when a man informed the Second Baptist Church in Union City, Tennessee, that there were homeless people sleeping alongside the Mississippi River.

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Bag lady Patty Arnold thought it would be a great opportunity to use unused plastic bags and sew them together to create beds for those in need.

“It’s a labor of love for the people who are in need,” Arnold told InsideEdition.com.

The process of creating the beds is not an easy one. The bags are cut down into strips to roll them up like a yarn ball, and then the women crochet the plastic to make their 3-foot-by-6-foot beds.

They need at least 700 to 800 plastic bags to create a single mat. 

According to Arnold, they have completed more than 90 mats, recycling about 52,000 plastic bags this year alone.

Peggy Robinson, another member of the dynamic group, says the amount of work involved is worth it for people in need.

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Recently, these kindhearted women helped out Louisiana’s recent flood this year in Baton Rouge, handing out more than 12 mats for people left homeless by the storm.

"We don’t do it for publicity. We do it for love and to make a difference," Arnold said.

The "Bag Ladies" are now joined by new churchgoers in their group, who joined the congregation after the stories of their kindness were shared within the community.

For more information on how you can help or about the group, go to: SecondBaptistUC.com/ministries/bag-ladies/

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