'Mercy Mats' help the homeless and the environment

Posted at 7:47 AM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 08:58:15-05
Helping the homeless and the environment at the same time. Some ladies in West Allis are proof it's possible. 
A group of ladies were busy at the West Allis Library Wednesday. They were turning everyday plastic grocery bags into what's known as "Mercy Mats" for the homeless. 
"There are so many homeless people around and the comforts that the mat will bring them is really critical as well as helping the community by keeping these plastic bags out of the landfills." explains organizer Donna Condon-Reimesh.
As a team it takes about 70 hours to create the Mercy Mats.
"Each mat takes between 5 and 7 hundred bags to complete," said Reimesh. "One mat is 3 by 6 feet."
The bags are flattened, cut, joined together and crocheted. Instead of yard they work with what they call "plarn.' (P for plastic)
"The mat  provides comfort for the homeless and protects them from the ground," said Reimesh.
The "Mercy Mat" mission is sponsored by the West Allis Health Department. Volunteers are welcome and no special skills needed. Just a warm heart wanting to comfort those who need it the most. 
"I like to help people and I found this to be something very rewarding," said Reimish. 
If you would like to help, send an email to this address: