On Monday mornings at 10:30, several women meet in room B at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church office and class building next to the church located at 21599 Parke Lane, Grosse Ile. They fold and cut donated clean plastic bags into strips.
Not all volunteers crochet. The ladies who crochet take home the cut strips and after a few weeks return with a completed sleeping mat. The mats are donated to people who live in less than ideal situations. The mat is a layer of protection from the cold and hard surfaces.
The volunteers have a pleasant time as they cut plastic strips and visit with one another. Many enjoy getting out and being around friendly people and doing some good at the same time. All enjoy telling about their grandchildren.
Mary Aquila shared that she likes to take her grandson fishing and bowling, while Donna Boldrick said that she plays board games with her 8-year-old granddaughter who lives in Nashville.
“My nine grandchildren ages 9 to 29 keep me happy and hopping with cards, games, babysitting, movies. What an exciting retirement they have given me,” Betty Kane said.
“My two granddaughters Caroline and Isla love to hear books read to them and I love reading to them. I have even recorded books to hear while I am not with them,” Sue Kwiecien said.
“I like to sit and talk about the things they are doing. I am always happy to cook for them and have them around,” Margaret McShane said.
Anne Schulz said that her grandson lives in San Francisco and she visits the family at Christmas and gets to hug and have long talks with Ben about school friends and his interests.
“He always tells me, ‘I love you grandma.’ We enjoy going to movies, science museums and hanging out.” Schulz said.
Join in on the fun, join the group, and tell us about your family. For more information, search “Grosse Ile Mat Makers for the Homeless” on YouTube.