Pamela Benson had a knack for giving. When she heard that a homeless man had passed away from brutally cold conditions outside, she was heartbroken. Then, she decided to do something about it.
The East Texas woman was on Facebook one day, when she stumbled upon a video. It explained how to crochet blankets out of plastic bags, just like you would with regular yarn. Then, an idea sparked in Pamela’s head.
After the recent situation involving the homeless man, she decided to get to work and create plastic bag blankets for the homeless in order to keep them safe and warm.
In the video below, posted on February 3, 2017, Pamela explains, “It doesn’t matter how my hands hurt, I put some arthritis cream on and keep going.”
The dedicated crocheter is proud of her project, saying, “It really hit me hard when I heard about the man that had frozen to death in Longview and I thought, ‘Oh gosh, surely I can do something about that.’”
After crocheting around 500 plastic bags together for several hours a day for a full 4 weeks, Pamela completes her first blanket, which she gives away to a woman named Lily.
She says, “When I saw Lily’s face, I thought I can’t just leave it at one.” This is when she decides to continue her project, not matter how long it takes.
To see how Pamela prepares her bags and learn more about her initiative to care for the homeless, check out the video below.
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