These ‘Bag ladies’ are doing something wonderful with the plastic bags

bag ladies.

A group of ladies at Zion Lutheran Church, Erdman has come with an incredible idea that can not only save the environment, but will be of great help to the homeless people. ‘The Bag Ladies,’ as they refer to themselves are a group of women, who transform plastic bags into items that can be used by the people. All thanks to Lena Long, who has been recycling plastic bags for almost 20 years and finally brought this great idea.




The group meets on every first and third Monday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. As of now there is no man in the group but they are welcome too.

I don’t really remember how I got into doing this. I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’d make a bag, or a mat and then I’d stick it in the attic and forget about it, said Lena.

The group collects plastic bags and turns them into sleeping mats. They cut plastic bags into strips to form plastic yarns; they then use a large crocheting hook to create plastic mats to hand out to homeless shelters. The group would like more people to join their group and help create the mats. They are planning to distribute the mats to homeless shelters in Harrisburg, Pottsville, and wherever there is a need for them.