SAN ANGELO, TX -- It's Make A Difference Monday! This week KIDY’s Senora Scott shows how you can help the homeless just by cleaning out one of your cabinets.
Plastic bags, you’ve seen them all over town, you have them in your house, but can any good come from them? One local organization says yes.
“We’ve been here since 1976 and this was created by a bunch of ministers here in San Angelo,” Josie Jones with Project Dignidad said.
Project Dignidad, run by Saint Paul’s Presbyterian Church, is what Josie Jones is talking about.
They give food and clothes to the homeless and needy. But there’s something unique about what else they give out.
“And they started crocheting a mat,” Jones said.
That’s right, mats made out of plastic bags.
“They can lay down and not get wet when the dew is on the grass or they can cover their heads with it and it will help them from the rain,” Jones said.
These mats are made by a group of ladies at the Presbyterian Church in Sweetwater. This partnership between churches has been going on for a while now and Project Dignidad has given out about a dozen of these mats. The recipient’s reaction….
“What? They can’t believe it, they have something. We had two in here the other day and then when we gave them one of the mats, one of them was so happy ‘I get to sleep,” Jones said.
This organization operates on simple acts of kindness.
“Some people have $5 but they give. Others don’t have money but they’ll volunteer,” Jones said.
And the support keeps coming, no matter how tough the times.
“San Angelo takes care of their people,” Jones said.
After all, we’ve all struggled at some point. That’s why here, there’s no judgment only,
“Dignity. They come in here with their dignity and they’re gonna leave here with their dignity,” Jones said.
If we want the world to change, we have to be the ones who change it. So how are you making a difference?