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Gloria Little and Judith Banes at Wesley Rankin Co

Imagine giving a new life to plastic bags, those ubiquitous companions that often end up cluttering landfills. This is the magic behind plarn (plastic yarn) mats, a testament to upcycling's power to combine environmental responsibility with social good.

The Happy Hookers, a dedicated group at the CC Young Senior Living, exemplify this spirit. By transforming plastic bags into plarn, they crochet cozy mats destined for a heartwarming purpose.

One of the places that these mats find a new home at the Wesley Rankin Community Center's Casa Feliz senior adult center.

There's a special significance to this donation. Many senior adults in the community step up as caregivers for their grandchildren. The plarn mats, meticulously crafted from everyday discards, provide a perfect solution for these impromptu extra beds. Not only are they practical and durable, but the vibrant colors and textures add a touch of cheer to any room.

The impact goes beyond practicality. Children often find these mats "cool," a welcome change from the usual bedspreads. This unexpected delight adds a layer of joy to their stay with their grandparents.

The Happy Hookers' dedication extends far beyond the act of crocheting. By upcycling plastic bags, they're making a conscious effort to reduce waste. Each mat represents a handful of bags diverted from landfills, a small but significant step towards a cleaner environment.

The story of the plarn mats is a heartwarming example of community spirit in action. The Happy Hookers' dedication, the thoughtful donation to the Wesley Rankin center, and the unexpected delight of the children – all these elements come together to create a story of warmth, both literal and figurative.

So the next time you reach for a plastic bag, remember the potential it holds. With a little creativity and care, it could be transformed into a source of comfort and joy for someone in need.

The Happy Hookers meet Mondays at 9:30 a.m. in The Point Auditorium at CC Young Senior Living.

Photo Caption: Happy Hookers Gloria Little and Judith Banes at Wesley Rankin Community Center